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While Brady celebrated with teammates and eventually headed for the exit like the rest of them, his jersey didn't make it out with the rest of his gear. It apparently was stolen in the aftermath of the thrilling finish to Super Bowl LI, and Texas state officials are concerned about its whereabouts.
Take Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick:
"In Texas we place a very high value on hospitality and football," Patrick said in a statement released Monday. "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. It is important that history does not record that it was stolen in Texas. I've called Colonel Steve McCraw to ask that the Texas Rangers work with the Houston Police Department on this case.
"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. Whoever took this jersey should turn it in. The Texas Rangers are on the trail."
The Texas Rangers are a major division within the Texas Department of Public Safety with lead criminal investigative responsibility for a number of crime and public corruption/integrity investigations. Leave your baseball jokes at home.
NFL security is also looking into Brady's apparent jersey theft, NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported, per a league spokesman.
The tale of the missing jersey continues.