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Tom Brady was this close to signing on to eBay.
On the heels of his fifth Super Bowl win Sunday night in Houston, the football champion suddenly had something else on his mind when he returned to the New England Patriots' locker room. Instead of relishing his success over the Atlanta Falcons, the 39-year-old quarterback noticed his game jersey had suddenly gone missing.
"Did someone take my jersey," the MVP was seen asking a colleague in the locker room, captured on video by Yahoo! Sports. "I absolutely, 100 percent put it in my bag."
Despite all his efforts, Brady could not find the shirt. "If anyone sees on eBay, a jersey for sale…," Brady quipped.
By Monday afternoon, Lieutenant Governor of Texas Dan Patrick issued a statement asking whoever stole the jersey to return it.
"In Texas we place a very high value on hospitality and football. 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," Patrick said.
"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."
Still, it would have been the only loss of the night as the athlete did take home his fifth Super Bowl victory and fourth MVP title at Houston's NRG Stadium.
The star celebrated his win surrounded by the people he holds closest—his family. Back on the field after the win, he kissed his wife of eight years, Gisele Bündchen, as he clutched his youngest child, 4-year-old Vivian, with his mom Galynn Patricia Brady nearby. In other photographs, he was spotted holding his smiling son, 9-year-old Benjamin.
Before squeezing in some shut eye, Brady took to Instagram to pay tribute to his family for helping him reach this career milestone.
"It takes a team," he wrote on social media. "And so much love."