Now that the most expensive stolen Super Bowl jersey in the history of professional sports has been recovered, every one, including Tom Brady can breathe a sigh of relief.  Brady's Super Bowl LI jersey was valued by police at a whopping $500,000, and the crime is being deemed as a federal offense.  Police also recovered a missing jersey from Super Bowl XLIX that belonged to Brady as well.

Numerous things about this whole mashugana situation boggle my mind.  How on earth did the alleged thief, Martin Mauricio Ortega Camberos from OEM, the largest newspaper in Mexico, think he could actually get into Fort Knox and steal the Crown Jewels, i.e., stealing Brady's game worn Super Bowl jersey in the Patriots locker room following the game.  It takes an incredible amount of chutzpah to go into the locker room with your media credential and take the jersey of the GOAT, after he lead his team to the largest comeback in Super Bowl history.

You can't make this kind of stuff up, Hollywood couldn't have written the script for these kind of shenanigans.  Video recently surfaced of the alleged former employee of La Prensa newspaper in Mexico, who coincidentally resigned from his position on March 14, entering the Patriots locker room empty handed, only to exit shortly after with a mysterious black bag, possibility with Brady's jersey.

I have been a member of the media for more than 20 years in El Paso, and can tell you that it is a tremendous job that is both exhilarating and constantly changing.  The privileges are incredible as you get to go where the average sports fan could only dream to venture to while covering a sporting event with a credential, and get to eat delicious food that is both plentiful and free!

Super Bowl LI - New England Patriots v Atlanta Falcons
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Being a member of the media is an honor and should not be taken for granted, we have access to some truly remarkable sports memorabilia at any given moment, and that is where morals come into place.   It is the adrenaline rush of the century to be behind the scenes and able to interview and interact with the athletes following a game, and our seats are usually pretty damn good too.  The NFL and all athletic organizations in general must be careful as to who they credential, but then again, how would any one know this was coming?

Some may say shame on the Patriots for allowing this to occur again, as the old cliche goes, "fool me once shame on you, fool me twice, shame on me."  After Brady's Super Bowl XLIX jersey was taken a few years ago, one would think that the organization would have some one collecting jerseys and other significant sports memorabilia directly from the players following a game, therefore this would not have occurred in the first place.  All teams need to also practice this as reports are now surfacing of other memorabilia being stolen from locker rooms, it is common sense to say the least.

People never cease to amaze me, as temptations are always present to do bad things.  Being part of the media is something that so few people will ever get to experience, and no matter how much a jersey or helmet is potentially worth, knowing right from wrong comes into play first as integrity is far greater in life.



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