Tom Brady went almost two months without knowing where his Super Bowl LI jersey was, but that mystery is on the brink of being solved.
The league says the items were found in the possession of a credentialed member of the worldwide media.
The 39-year-old Brady set Super Bowl records for most passing attempts (62), most completions (43) and most passing yards (466) as New England overcame a 28-3 deficit to beat the Falcons.
The league said an FBI investigation was ongoing.
Acevedo credited his own department's criminal intelligence division, the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Mexican authorities for recovering the jersey.
According to the NFL, Brady's game-worn jersey from the 2017 Super Bowl as well as his game-worn jersey from the 2015 Super Bowl were both found in Mexico in the possession of "a credentialed member of the worldwide media".
"I knew once the Houston Police Department and the Texas Rangers were on the hunt the jersey would be found", Patrick wrote.
Brady's jersey was stolen shortly after the game. Authorities are now authenticating the jerseys, but Acevedo said he is "highly confident" the jerseys are the ones that were stolen.
The global media member was apparently caught on video entering the Patriots' locker room behind Bill Belichick after New England's come-from-behind Super Bowl 51 victory.
Ken Goldin, who owns Goldin auction house in New Jersey, estimates the jersey could fetch as much as $500,000 on the open market.
"You don't come to Texas and embarrass us here on our home turf", Acevedo said. "I absolutely, 100 percent put it in my bag", Brady says despairingly as he searches through his possessions for the lost jersey. The items were found in the possession of a credentialed member of the worldwide media.
That helmet was valued at $400, but Miller's Super Bowl helmet would likely have a far greater value as a collectible piece of memorabilia if it were on the market.
"That was a pretty special one to keep".