Patriots Quarterback Tom Brady left NRG Stadium in Houston Sunday night with his fifth Super Bowl win and a solid claim to the title of greatest quarterback to play the game. One thing he didn’t take home: his game jersey.
The Super Bowl MVP reportedly informed Patriots owner Robert Kraft that his jersey had gone missing after the game, and confirmed the story at a press conference Monday. “It’s unfortunate because that’s a nice piece of memorabilia,” he said. “If it ends up on eBay, let me know.”
It’s also a valuable piece of memorabilia, potentially worth a half a million dollars if it were ever to hit the legitimate auction market, Ken Goldin, founder of Goldin Auctions in New Jersey, told Bloomberg.
The case has drawn the attention of some high-ranking Texans. The state’s Lieutenant Governor, Dan Patrick, has requested that the Texas Rangers, a division of the state police, assist the Houston Police Department in finding the thief.
“In Texas we place a very high value on hospitality and football,” he said in a statement. “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.”
Brady, the 15th highest paid athlete in the world, received more than $44 million in salary and endorsement deals last year, according to Forbes.