Tom Brady's stolen Super Bowl jersey takes over the Internet

HOUSTON, TX - FEBRUARY 05: Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots and New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft look on before the trophy ceremony celebrating the Patriots 34-28 win over the Atlanta Falcons in overtime of Super Bowl 51 at NRG Stadium on In the midst of celebrating his fifth Super Bowl victory, someone allegedly lifted Tom Brady's game-worn jersey. 

A high-profile hunt to recover this historic piece of sports memorabilia is now underway, and it appears the famed Texas Rangers could be joining the search.

Lieutenant Governor of Texas Dan Patrick issued the following statement.

"In Texas we place a very high value on hospitality and football," Patrick said in a statement. "Tom Brady's jersey has great historical value and is already being called 'the most valuable NFL collectible 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."

How did this bizarre saga begin? It was given birth shortly after the Patriots mounted a 25-point comeback to hand the Atlanta Falcons a crushing Super Bowl defeat, when Brady made claims that his jersey from the game had been stolen.

Then things escalated a notch when a fan posted the following message to Instagram, bearing the hashtag #StoleHisJersey.

The gentleman in question would clear his name while speaking with our friends at Fox Sports Radio, as well as by editing the original post, but not before setting social media ablaze. 

With every armchair investigator's No. 1 suspect crossed off the list, the search goes on. 

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