Brady's jersey goes missing after historic fifth super bowl triumph
Tom Brady collected his fourth Super Bowl Most Valuable Player (MVP) award in the early hours of yesterday morning, but the New England Patriots quarterback was still seeking the jersey he wore when guiding them to their improbable victory hours earlier.
A bleary-eyed Brady was in downtown Houston to be presented with the accolade from Super Bowl LI by commissioner Roger Goodell, the man who upheld his four-game suspension at the start of the season for his role in 'deflategate', making for what must have been a particularly awkward MVP-award exchange even if both men were smiling on the outside.
It was another piece of silverware for Brady (left), now the most decorated quarterback in Super Bowl history after he won a fifth ring when guiding New England back from a 25-point deficit in their thrilling 34-28 overtime success over the Atlanta Falcons.
Yet amongst all the euphoria and emotion at NRG Stadium for Brady, who was joined on the field after the game by his ill mother, another treasured possession went missing.
"The jersey, I put it in my bag and I came out and it wasn't there anymore," he explained. "It's unfortunate because that's a nice piece of memorabilia. If it shows up on eBay some day, can you let me know so I can track that down?
"That was a pretty special one to keep. But, what can you do? I'll take the ring and that's good enough for me."
Patriots head coach Bill Belichich paid tribute to the quarterback he has coached for 17 years
"Tom has been a great team-mate and he's given us every single ounce of every blood, sweat and tear that he has," he said.
New England have now won five of the past 17 Super Bowls, a remarkable feat in a sport which promotes parity through the salary cap and draft system, and Belichick is already looking to next year.
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