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[February 07, 2017]  Feb 6 (The Sports Xchange) - The game-winning jersey Tom Brady wore en route to his record fourth Super Bowl MVP award was still missing on Monday.

NFL.com posted a locker room video Sunday night showing Brady telling New England Patriots team owner Robert Kraft, "Someone stole my game jersey."

USA Today reported that Brady searched unsuccessfully for the white No. 12 shirt he wore while guiding the Patriots to the biggest comeback in Super Bowl history, a 34-28 overtime win against the Atlanta Falcons in Houston.

Boston Fox 25 sports anchor Tom Leyden reported early Monday morning that a Patriots equipment manager locked up Brady's jersey.

However, Brady told the media at a press conference later in the morning that he is still missing his championship game jersey.

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Brady and Roger Goodell posed together with the Super Bowl MVP trophy to cap yet another comeback for the Patriots quarterback at the George Brown Convention Center.

"I think James White deserves it, would have been pretty nice for him," Brady said of the unsung third-down back who had a Super Bowl-record 14 receptions and scored three touchdowns.

"He's just the best teammate. I'm so proud of him and everything he's accomplished. That particular role in our offense, in the Kevin Faulk mold, Danny Woodhead mold, Shane Vereen mold, what he and Dion Lewis have done has been incredible."

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The historic overtime of Super Bowl LI pulled in 111.3 million viewers in the U.S. on Sunday night, down slightly from last year's game, according to Nielsen and Fox.

The average audience on Fox was down from the 111.9 million who watched Super Bowl 50 on CBS in 2016.


Fox said an additional 1.72 million viewers used online streaming to watch the telecast, plus 650,000 more from a Spanish-language simulcast on Fox Deportes, giving the network a total average audience at 113.7 million viewers.

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Super Bowl LI ranks as the fourth most-watched TV event of all time. The viewing record was set in 2015 with NBC's telecast of Super Bowl XLIX -- won by the Patriots over the Seattle Seahawks and watched by an average audience of 114.4 million viewers.

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Former Tennessee Titans tight end Frank Wycheck, who played 11 seasons in the NFL, believes he has the degenerative brain disease known as CTE.

Wycheck, 45, best known for throwing the lateral to Kevin Dyson for a 75-yard kickoff return in the Music City Miracle in January 2000, told Fox-WZTV in Nashville, Tenn., that he is certain he has Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE).

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The Pittsburgh Steelers released former first-round cornerback Justin Gilbert.

Gilbert, 25, saw action in 12 regular-season games for the Steelers in 2016 -- making just three tackles -- after being acquired in a preseason trade from the Cleveland Browns on Sept. 3. The Steelers sent the Browns a 2018 sixth-round pick in return.

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Shayne Graham, the most accurate kicker in Cincinnati Bengals history, announced that he is retiring after 15 NFL seasons.

Graham, 39, made 86.76 percent of his 204 field-goal attempts over seven years with the Bengals. He played for nine other teams during his pro career.

Graham didn't kick this season after getting cut by Atlanta at the end of training camp.

(Editing by Andrew Both)

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