Tom Brady's missing Super Bowl LI jersey has been recovered, and it was not the only missing jersey, the NFL confirmed in a statement Monday.
According to league officials, the jersey -- along with Brady's 2015 Super Bowl jersey -- was "found in the possession of a credentialed member of the international media." Houston Police further clarified it was located in Mexico.
The Comcast Sports Network reported both jerseys were stolen by the same person, and the older jersey was "pawned outside the U.S."
Multiple news agencies have identified the thief as Mauricio Ortega, a former executive at La Prensa, a tabloid in Mexico City, where local reporters said he has since been fired. In a tweet, the newspaper confirmed its former director has been involved in the theft. However, prosecutors and law enforcement have yet to publicly confirm Oretga's identity.
The newer jersey, which reportedly has an estimated value of $500,000, caused a stir in Texas after it went missing from NRG Stadium in Houston. Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick even called on the Texas Rangers for help cracking the case.
In an update Monday afternoon, the Denver Broncos confirmed they were in touch with NFL security about the possibility of a helmet possibly belonging to Von Miller being discovered with the stolen jerseys. But, the team deferred questions to the league, which in turn has been deferring questions to the FBI.
The NFL said its own security, along with the New England Patriots' security team, the FBI and other law enforcement agencies all assisted in the investigation that ultimately located the stolen jerseys.
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