Tom Brady’s Stolen Super Bowl Jerseys, Worth $800K, Recovered in Mexico after stolen by Reporter who also has Kurt Warners Super bowl Jersey!


(Thanks to Christopher Dawson, a work colleague who reminded me of this inncident. Thanks buddy)

Tom Brady of the New England Patriots, pictured during the 2017 Super Bowl, had reported his jersey missing after the game

The jersey stolen from New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady after last month’s Super Bowl has been found, authorities confirmed Monday, pointing the finger of blame at a journalist from a Mexican newspaper for the theft.

The NFL said in statement Brady’s jersey — worth an estimated $500,000 -$800,000 — and a second jersey worn by the quarterback at the 2015 Super Bowl were recovered in Mexico following an FBI-led probe.
A helmet believed to belong to Von Miller, the Most Valuable Player at the 2016 Super Bowl won by the Denver Broncos, was also recovered, according to US reports.
“The items were found in the possession of a credentialed member of the international media,” the NFL announced in a statement.
“Through the cooperation of the NFL and New England Patriots’ security teams, the FBI and other law enforcement authorities, the Super Bowl 51 jersey worn last month by MVP Tom Brady has been recovered.
“Also retrieved during the ongoing investigation was the jersey Brady wore in the Patriots’ victory in Super Bowl 49 against the Seattle Seahawks in 2015.”
The credentialed journalist implicated in the theft has been identified as Mauricio Ortega, a former executive with Mexico’s Diario La Prensa.
Video footage broadcast by US media outlets showed a man said to be Ortega entering the Patriots locker room shortly after the team’s epic comeback win over the Atlanta Falcons.
Several minutes later, Ortega is caught on camera exiting the locker room with an object tucked under his arm.
La Prensa reacted with shock at the allegations, saying in a statement Ortega had left the newspaper in March, citing family problems.
“It is with utter surprise and disappointment that we heard the news today of the alleged behavior of (Ortega),” the statement said.
“If these allegations are correct, Editora La Prensa firmly condemns the behavior of (Ortega), who, taking advantage of his position, used La Prensa to obtain a press credential representing it and thus gain access to the playing field, press conferences and probably other areas of NRG Stadium.”
The paper said it was willing to cooperate in any investigation of the incident.
Houston police had listed Brady’s Super Bowl 51 jersey, which was missing for six weeks, as worth $500,000. The league said an FBI investigation was ongoing.
A video on the NFL’s website showed Brady’s initial shock at learning his jersey was missing.
“Someone stole my game jersey,” Brady told Patriots owner Robert Kraft in the locker room after last month’s Super Bowl, to which Kraft replied, “You better look online.”
The morning after the game, Brady told the media: “The jersey, I put it in my bag and I came out and it wasn’t there anymore. It’s unfortunate because that’s a nice piece of memorabilia. If it ends up on eBay, let me know. I’ll try to track that down. Those are pretty special ones to keep.”
Brady expressed gratitude on Monday following the recovery of the jerseys.
“I want to thank all of the law enforcement agencies involved,” he said. “I know they worked hard on this case – and it is very much appreciated,” he said in a statement.

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Could we see a huge turn of Events and see Tony Romo become a TV analysts? It looks very much like it.


While we don’t really have a clue as to what Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo is going to do in the near future, it’s clear he does have a number of options.

There are a few NFL teams who would certainly have interest in him, it’s just a matter if he’d want to humble himself and play there. Teams like the Jaguars, or even the Browns, for example, both of which are in need of a quarterback. But Romo could choose to retire rather than playing for them. Right now, it really seems like it’s Broncos or nothing for Romo, with the 49ers not appearing to be interested, especially since the veteran quarterback wouldn’t fit in Kyle Shanahan’s offense.

So maybe the 36-year-old Romo could elect to retire after all. He’s had some serious back issues over the years, and he has to think about life after football.
The good news for him, is that if he does that, there’ll certainly be major media companies interested in his services.
No word on whether or not ESPN is interested as well. Given that the Worldwide Leader is set to make a round of layoffs in the near future, they may elect to let Romo go elsewhere, should he retire.

Romo would be a great analyst. His football IQ is high and he obviously knows the game well. Furthermore, he has good composure, knows how to speak with a camera on him, and is professional in how he conducts himself. I’d watch.

It was only a matter of time but the Raiders look set to move to Vegas


NFL owners approved the Oakland Raiders’ move to Las Vegas at the league meetings on Monday.
The vote was a foregone conclusion after the league and Raiders were not satisfied with Oakland’s proposals for a new stadium, and Las Vegas stepped up with $750m in public money. Bank of America also is giving Raiders owner Mark Davis a $650m loan, further helping convince the owners to allow the third team relocation in just over a year.
NFL targets changes to speed up games including fewer commercial breaks
The Rams moved from St. Louis to Los Angeles in 2016, and in January the Chargers relocated from San Diego to LA. The Raiders likely will play two or three more years in the Bay Area before their $1.7bn stadium near the Las Vegas strip is ready.
Las Vegas, long taboo to the NFL because of its legalized gambling, also is getting an NHL team this fall, the Golden Knights.
Shortly before Monday’s vote, Oakland mayor Libby Schaaf released a letter being hand-delivered to individual NFL team owners reiterating the case for a new, fully-financed Raiders’ stadium in the area.

“Never that we know of has the NFL [sic] voted to displace a team from its established market when there is a fully-financed option before them with all the issues addressed,” Schaaf wrote. “I’d be remiss if I didn’t do everything in my power to make the case for Oakland up until the very end.”

The Raiders vote was one of many issues on the table this week. Among those:
Shortening regular-season overtimes from 15 minutes to 10.
Allowing referees to use tablets to review plays rather than “go under the hood,” with final decisions being made by Dean Blandino and his officiating staff in New York, with consultation with the ref.

Prohibiting “leapers” who try to block field goals and extra points.

Amending the coaches’ challenge system, either by allowing a third challenge if a team is successful on one of its first two tries; now, it must be successful on both challenges to get a third.

Entirely eliminating the three challenges per team.

Permitting a coach to challenge any officials’ decision except on scoring plays or turnovers.

Adding protection for a defenseless player to a receiver running a route.

Eliminating the summer cutdown to 75 players, leading to just one cut day at the end of the preseason.

Allowing teams to opt out of using the “color rush” jerseys in Thursday night games.

Letting clubs negotiate with a potential hire for head coach even when that coach’s team is still playing in the postseason.

Permitting a team to hire another team’s employee during the season as long as the employer consents.

FBI Director James Comey ” I hate the patriots”

FBI Director James Comey was measured and careful with his words during a high-stakes House Intelligence Committee hearing Monday, often to the dismay of probing committee members, but he was blunt on one topic.
“I hate the New England Patriots. No matter who they play, I’d like them to lose,” Comey said, trying to make a point about Russia’s motives for attempting to aid Donald Trump during the 2016 election.

Representative Chris Stewart had asked Comey during the hearing whether it was possible that the Russians were trying to undermine an expected Hillary Clinton presidency, rather than aid President Trump.
That’s when Comey launched into a Patriots metaphor, arguing that harming Clinton and helping Trump were closely related.

“I’m at the same time rooting against the Patriots and hoping their opponent beats them,” Comey said. “There’s only two teams on the field.”

He then compared his animosity for the Patriots to Russia’s feelings toward Clinton in the 2016 election.
“What the intelligence community concluded was, early on, that the hatred for Mrs. Clinton was all the way all along. When Mr. Trump became the nominee, there was some sense [by the Russians] that, ‘It would be great if he could win, it would be great if we could help him, but we need to hurt her no matter what.’ And then it shifted to, ‘He has no chance, so let’s just focus on undermining her.’”
Later in the hearing, Representative Rick Crawford brought up the Patriots again, saying Tom Brady would likely want to express gratitude for the FBI’s assistance in finding his missing jerseys.

Comey used the statement as an opportunity to further elaborate on his attitude toward the Patriots, saying “they represent sustained excellence, and as a Giants fan, that drives me crazy.”

Here’s how Tom Brady reacted to the recovery of his stolen Super Bowl jerseys


Although Tom Brady’s board of suspects ended up being way off, the Patriots quarterback was still ecstatic on Monday when he found out that authorities had recovered his two missing Super Bowl jerseys.Just hours after the NFL announced that Brady’s jerseys had been found in Mexico, the Patriots quarterback released a statement collectively thanking every agency that helped track his jersey down. 

“I am happy my jerseys from [Super Bowl XLIX] and [Super Bowl LI] have been recovered, and I want to thank all of the law enforcement agencies involved,” Brady said in a statement released by his agent, Don Yee. “I know they worked hard on this case — and it is very much appreciated.” 

Although the jerseys have been recovered, Brady did point out that they’re not quite back in his possession yet.  

“Hopefully when I get the jerseys back I can make something very positive come from this experience,” Brady said. 

The man accused of stealing the jerseys , Mauricio Ortega, was able to pull off the heist because he had been credentialed to cover the Super Bowl through a media entity in Mexico. Ortega has been credentialed as a media member to cover several Super Bowls during his career, including the last two that Brady and the Patriots played in (Super Bowls XLIX and LI). 

Since it appears that Ortega was the culprit, Brady can now eliminate every suspect off of his suspect board. That means that Julian Edelman, Lady Gaga, Gollum and the clown who stole Air Bud are all officially off the hook. 

Texans trade $72m man Brock Osweiler to Cleveland. Why? 

Browns acquire Osweiler as Texans try to clear salary cap spaceOsweiler, 26, signed four-year, $72m deal with Houston last season


Tony Romo might be a splash signing, but he won’t deliver a Super Bowl.
The Browns found a “franchise quarterback”. Just maybe not their own.
And whoever winds up behind center in Cleveland will be well protected.
With an eye on making another move at quarterback, Cleveland acquired veteran Brock Oswelier and a 2018 second-round pick on Thursday in a stunning trade with the Houston Texans, who were looking for a partner to help them get rid of the QB’s $16m guaranteed contract.
At first, the unusual trade was met with the usual, Browns-being-Browns skepticism.
However, the deal was made simply to give Cleveland more assets to perhaps trade for another QB such as New England backup Jimmy Garoppolo, and it allows the Texans to clear some salary-cap space to make a run at a starter.
Cleveland, which also signed veteran wide receiver Kenny Britt to a deal, and Houston are also swapping 2017 fourth- and sixth-round picks.
The Browns spent liberally on the first day of the free agency signing period by landing former Cincinnati Bengals right guard Kevin Zeitler (five years, $60m), Green Bay center JC Tretter (three years, $16.75m) and giving left guard Joel Bitonio a five-year, $51m extension. Those moves were followed by the swap with Houston, an out-of-the-box maneuver that could position the Browns to finally solve their decades-long quarterback issues.
They have not yet decided what they’ll do with Osweiler, and his arrival does not necessarily affect any decisions on Robert Griffin III, who is due a roster bonus this weekend.
But having Osweiler – and another high draft pick – provides the Browns with more ammunition to finally get their messy quarterback situation cleaned up. It’s possible they’ll try to entice the Patriots to move the 25-year-old Garoppolo, who won two starts last season while filling in when Tom Brady was suspended.
Cleveland has two first-round picks, Nos 1 and 12, and two second-rounders this year, and three second-round picks in 2018.
With nearly $102m in salary-cap space to start the day, the Browns were in a position to take on Osweiler’s contract and essentially paid $16m for another high draft pick.
“We’re really excited to acquire a second-round draft choice in this trade,” said Sashi Brown, Cleveland’s executive vice president of football operations. “Draft picks are extremely important to our approach in building a championship caliber football team. We are intent on adding competition to every position on our roster and look forward to having Brock come in and compete.”
However, it’s possible the Browns, who now have 11 picks in this year’ draft, will move Osweiler long before he sees a field in Cleveland.
Osweiler went 8-6 in 14 starts for Houston last season. The Texans are in the market to upgrade the position, and there’s a strong chance they’ll take a run at Tony Romo, expected to be traded or released by the Dallas Cowboys.
“We are committed to bringing a championship to the city of Houston,” said Texans vice president of football operations Rick Smith. “We are exhaustive in our efforts and the resources provided by the McNair family allow us to operate that way. We continuously evaluate our decisions and processes to ensure the results match our goals and objectives. The decision to trade Brock was made because it was in the best interest of the team.

“It frees up both cash and salary-cap room to continue to improve our football team. We appreciate Brock’s effort and leadership while he was with us and we wish him and his family well.”

The 6ft 7in Osweiler is in his sixth NFL season. He signed with Houston as a free agent last year after four seasons in Denver.
Not long before striking the deal with Houston, the Browns got Zeitler, considered by some as the top lineman available in free agency. He’ll be reunited with coach Hue Jackson, who served as Bengals offensive coordinator for two seasons.
Cleveland’s line was ravaged by injuries last season and gave up a league-high 66 sacks (17 more than any other team), something Jackson had made a priority when he was hired by the Browns. But with Zeitler and Tretter joining Bitonio and perennial Pro Bowl left tackle Joe Thomas, one of Cleveland’s biggest weaknesses is now a strength.
Tretter has been slowed by injuries, but he’s an upgrade over 2015 first round-pick Cameron Erving, whose next move could be to right tackle.
Britt gives the Browns another playmaker, and insurance in case Terrelle Pryor signs elsewhere. Britt caught a career-best 66 passes for 1,002 yards last season for the Rams.
Pryor has said he wanted to re-sign with Cleveland, but the sides have not been able to work out a deal.