AUSTIN, Texas – Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick on Monday asked the Texas Rangers to help the Houston Police Department find the jersey worn by New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady during Super Bowl LI.
Just hours after holding the Vince Lombardi Trophy and engineering the largest comeback in Super Bowl history at NRG Stadium, Brady suspected his jersey was stolen from the Patriots locker room.
"In Texas, we place a very high value on hospitality and football. Tom Brady's jersey has great historical value and is already being called 'the most valuable NFL collectable ever.' It will likely go into the Hall of Fame one day,” Patrick said. “It is important that history does not record that it was stolen in Texas. I've called Col. Steve McCraw to ask that the Texas Rangers work with the Houston Police Department on this case.”
The NFL’s Twitter page tweeted footage of Brady greeting Patriots owner Robert Kraft in the locker room and mentioning, “Someone stole my game jersey.”
Kraft replied, “You better look online.”
Brady was named Super Bowl MVP for the fourth time in his career and won his fifth championship with the Patriots.
Patrick said the incident should not overshadow the historic night, as the big event was not only a win for the New England Patriots and NFL -- but also for the state of Texas.
“I'm a Texans and Cowboys fan first, but the unquestionable success of the Super Bowl in Houston last night was a big win for our entire state, and I don't want anything to mar that victory,” Patrick said. “Whoever took this jersey should turn it in. The Texas Rangers are on the trail.”