Incredible reward for finder of Brady's Superbowl jersey

Sporting News

The Patriots fan who helped discover the culprit behind Tom Brady's stolen Super Bowl jersey has been rewarded handsomely by team owner Robert Kraft.

Kraft met with Dylan Wagner, 19, on Thursday morning to give him a front-row ticket to the Patriots' opener against the Chiefs. Not only that, but Wagner will also sit in seat No. 12 (Brady's number) and was given a signed Brady jersey.

Wagner, who lives in Seattle, helped police discover who stole Brady's jersey after the Patriots defeated the Falcons in Super Bowl 51.

He said he is an avid sports memorabilia collector who began exchanging messages with Martin Mauricio Ortega, a former executive of a tabloid newspaper in Mexico City.

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Wagner receives his reward. Pic: Patriots

According to Wagner, Ortega sent him photos of his collection of jerseys in December, including Brady's Super Bowl 49 jersey. Wagner said he was suspicious but let it go.

Once news broke that Brady's Super Bowl 51 jersey was stolen, Wagner said he put two and two together and tipped off the FBI and NFL.

Both of Brady's jerseys were recovered, and Wagner became a Patriots hero.

Unfortunately for Wagner however, his celebrations were short-lived as the Patriots went down to the Chiefs in the season opener.

Tom Brady lacked his usual dominance in his first game as a 40-year-old, failing to throw a touchdown pass as his team fell 42-27 to the Chiefs.

Brady, who became the 20th quarterback to play in an NFL game after his 40th birthday, had a quick start but ultimately seemed out of sync with the slew of offensive playmakers the reigning Super Bowl champions added during the offseason.

For Brady, who is well past the age when quarterbacks tend to be much less efficient, it marked only the 14th time during his career that he completed less than 50 percent of his passes.