New England Patriots Invite Helpful Teen to Home-Opener
By Brian Hines
Dylan Wagner was a key contributor to helping the New England Patriots get Tom Brady’s jersey back. Now, he will be rewarded.
18-year old Dylan Wagner was one of the biggest contributors to tracking down Tom Brady’s missing Super Bowl jerseys. On Thursday, the Seattle native received the phone call he’s been waiting for, from Patriots owner Robert Kraft.
For his role in the investigation, Kraft offered to fly Wagner to the Patriots first home game this season, where the team will raise the Super Bowl LI Banner.
"“Dylan, this is Robert Kraft of the New England Patriots,” Kraft said in the message via Cheryl Fiandaca of CBS Boston. “I just want to thank you for the great role you played in helping us get Tommy’s jerseys back.”"
When the news broke that Brady’s Super Bowl LI jersey was missing, Wagner knew exactly who had it. Last year, Dylan sold a jersey to Martin Mauricio Ortega, the thief of Brady’s jersey.
As the two went on the chat, they shared photos of their sports memorabilia collections. In those photos, were Brady’s Super Bowl XLIV jersey. Dylan, like many others, had no idea that jersey was missing, but when he heard the newest jersey was gone he knew exactly who had it.
Dylan contacted one of his friends who is an ATF agent in Boston. The two shared information of Ortega then contacted the FBI and federal agents were able to recover the missing jerseys.
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For all his help, Dylan just wanted to meet Tom Brady in return. Kraft made no promise, but did say they will make he is “down on the field at the first game when we put our banner up.”
"“Hopefully it will happen. He [Kraft] said maybe I’ll get to meet some people and he kind of left it at that but it’s pretty open ended. I think that’s hinting at meeting Brady at the home opener,” Dylan said."
It is certainly good that Brady was able to get his jersey back. Now, he will be focused on repeating as Super Bowl champions.