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Tom Brady’s Lost Super Bowl Jersey Found in Mexico

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The New England Patriots wrote history when they turned a result that was against them on its head and won against the Atlanta Falcons in the Super Bowl. Tom Brady, who was instrumental in the win, has finally recovered his missing jersey. The jersey disappeared just after the game, and the FBI, together with the Houston police had to go over hours of footage to zero in on the suspect.

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The jersey was stolen from the Patriots’ locker room right after the game. However, the culprit, who is a journalist in Mexico with a tabloid-La Prensa, was caught and the jersey recovered. The culprit was identified as Mauricio Ortega. He apparently took advantage of the privileges that come with a press pass, went into the locker room and took the Jersey.

Mauricio Ortega was given away by video footage that shows him walking into the locker room with a back pack. The video was the main clue that the FBI used to trace the Jersey to Mexico. With the help of Mexican authorities, the jersey, along with another from Super Bowl XLIX were recovered and are going to be verified. The authorities are confident that those are the real jerseys.

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The fiasco sparked a lot of public outrage owing to its value in American sport. Footage showed a worked-up Tom Brady looking frantically for the jersey. The next morning, Brady took to Twitter to announce the loss of his prized jersey, appealing to anyone who saw it on eBay to contact him so that he could trace it. Fans of American football across the board were impatient for the authorities to find the jersey, which is valued at $500,000.

NFL is big in Mexico

The NFL has steadily been gaining popularity in Mexico and is now the second most followed after football. Oakland Raiders, Dallas Cowboys and Pittsburgh Steelers have all amassed a large following in the country and the rest of the teams are growing their fan bases too. The older fans are allied to the Dallas Cowboys. However, the younger fans are still amazed by Brady’s exploits in the game.

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Mauricio Ortega has since resigned from his job at La Prensa over personal issues. The editor at the publication issued a statement where he offered an apology and distanced the tabloid from Ortega. Since the discovery, Mr Ortega has gone missing is being searched for by the police.

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