Sports Emmy-Nominated Series’ Sixth Film Goes Deep on the Search for Tom Brady’s Stolen Super Bowl LI Jersey with Exclusive Footage and Interviews
LOS ANGELES, CA – FOX Sports Films today announced “The Great Brady Heist” as the newest film in its MAGNIFY series. Produced by NFL Films, in association with Gotham Chopra’s Religion of Sports, the documentary chronicles the disappearance of Tom Brady’s jersey following the New England Patriots’ improbable Super Bowl LI comeback win over the Atlanta Falcons. Through never-before-seen FOX Sports footage, exclusive conversations with Brady, the first ever on-camera interview with the man who stole the jersey and other behind-the-scenes moments, the film looks intricately at the investigation as well as the boundaries of fandom and redemption.
“The Great Brady Heist” (54 mins) debuts on Saturday, Feb. 1 at 7:00 PM ET on FOX, the night before Super Bowl LIV, also on FOX.
“As the game’s broadcaster, FOX Sports played a role in so many elements of this story, so it made sense for us, with the help of NFL Films and Religion of Sports, to take a closer look and see it through,” said Charlie Dixon, Executive Vice President of Content, FOX Sports. “The Great Brady Heist is the fulfillment of a three-year journey that’s captivated us from the beginning, and the film’s Super Bowl weekend debut makes it particularly special.”
After the Super Bowl LI broadcast on FOX, the company’s extensive camera coverage played a key role in the investigation, and FOX Sports NFL Insider, Jay Glazer subsequently broke an early exclusive follow-up story on FS1, laying the path for the film.
“Just when you think you’ve seen it all in the sports world, a story like this comes around,” said Ross Ketover, Chief Executive, NFL Films. “Anyone who thinks they know what happened that day will discover more jaw-dropping details than they could have imagined. ‘The Great Brady Heist’ is one of the most unique projects NFL Films has ever produced. We couldn’t be more pleased to partner with FOX and Religion of Sports on such an engaging film.”
“Sports are mythic. We invest so much of ourselves as fans in our favorite teams and players. This is a tale about that – what a singular jersey means beyond the threads it’s made of and the number on the back,” said Gotham Chopra, Co-Founder, Religion of Sports. “Why did multiple federal agencies and countless high-powered individuals all become a part of this hunt for Tom’s jersey? Because sports matter and are about so much more than wins and losses.”
FOX Sports Films’ MAGNIFY series aims to bring a deep focus to untold sports stories. Featuring both legends and unknown heroes, these films provide a unique perspective and deeper connection to the sports we love. “The Great Brady Heist” is the sixth MAGNIFY film (“89 Blocks,” “Shot in the Dark,” “Nossa Chape,” “They Fight” and “Q Ball”). The series, which launched in November 2017, has garnered two Sports Emmy Award nominations for “Outstanding Long Sports Documentary” (“Shot in the Dark,” “89 Blocks”).
About FOX Sports
FOX Sports is the umbrella entity representing FOX Corporation’s wide array of multi-platform US-based sports assets. Built with brands capable of reaching more than 100 million viewers in a single weekend, the business has ownership and interests in linear television networks, digital and mobile programming, broadband platforms, multiple web sites, joint-venture businesses and several licensing relationships. FOX Sports includes the sports television arm of the FOX Network; FS1, FS2, FOX Soccer Plus and FOX Deportes. FOX Sports’ digital properties include FOXSports.com and the FOX Sports App, which provides live streaming video of FOX Sports content, instant scores, stats and alerts to iOS and Android devices. Additionally, FOX Sports and social broadcasting platform Caffeine jointly own Caffeine Studios which creates exclusive eSports, sports and live entertainment content. Also included in FOX Sports’ portfolio are FOX’s interests in joint-venture business Big Ten Network, a licensing and commercial relationship with The Stars Group that created the FOX Bet sports betting platform and the FOX Sports Super 6 free-to-play game, as well as a licensing agreement that established the FOX Sports Radio Network.
About Religion of Sports
Religion of Sports is a Sports Emmy-award winning Sports Media Content company co-founded by Tom Brady, Michael Strahan and Gotham Chopra (CCO) and also guided by Ameeth Sankaran (CEO). The company produces content ranging from short form video to podcast to feature films that answer the core question “Why Sports Matter”. Content includes its flagship Religion of Sports series, Shut Up & Dribble on Showtime, the Emmy-winning docu-series Tom vs. Time with Tom Brady for Facebook Watch, Stephen vs The Game with Steph Curry also for Facebook Watch, and most recently Headstrong: Mental Health in Sports for NBC Sports. www.religionofsports.com
About NFL Films
Winner of 129 Sports Emmy® Awards, NFL Films maintains a legacy of unprecedented access and legendary storytelling. Established in 1962 by Ed and Steve Sabol, NFL Films revolutionized the way sports are presented. Through the introduction of cinematic devices such as slow-motion cinematography and orchestral scores, the Sabols provided fans with a view of professional football through a completely different lens. Today, NFL Films continues to be a leader and innovator in sports television. Current productions include A Football Life on NFL Network, Hard Knocks on HBO, All or Nothing on Amazon, Inside the NFL on Showtime, and the flagship magazine show, NFL Films Presents on FS1. NFL Films is a part of NFL Media, the owned and operated media division of the National Football League, which is comprised of NFL Network, NFL Films, the NFL App, NFL.com and NFL RedZone.