‘The price was right, 28 몇 년 후’
“My mom was one of the most religious people I knew and she always said, ‘I’m going to give you guys a sign from the other side,'” Jed said. “She passed away in 2012 but we never got that sign.”
Josh moved to Pinetop a few years ago after touring the country as a musician
. He was walking around Veterans Village Thrift Store in the area when he spotted the bright red jacket
, he told CNN affiliate KNXV
The jacket had the name “Jed” stitched under the left pocket, “94” stitched under the right pocket, and a football, the letters “WR” and the number 1 stitched on the right arm. “Chaparral” was stitched inside a big letter “씨” on the top left part of the jacket.
“We were just like, in this moment on the phone,” Jed said. “The price was right, 28 years later.”
Jed, also a musician, lives in Los Angeles and flew to Arizona just so Josh could hand over the extraordinary find in person, 그는 말했다, making this the first time the brothers had seen one another in years.
Based on the condition of the jacket, Jed said, he doesn’t think anyone ever wore it. 그만큼 “inspected by” tag was still in its pocket.
“It feels like my mom’s been with me this entire week,” 그는 말했다. “It’s just given me this natural high that I hope never goes away.”
After a two-week visit to Arizona, Jed returned home to Los Angeles on Wednesday and said he’s been wearing the jacket every chance he gets, including on stage at some of his shows with his band, Feed The Kitty.
“As a musician, I just love making people happy and it seems in this past week or two it’s just been nothing but happiness,” Jed said. “People are crying tears of joy. … They’re just so happy for me. It’s made me shed some tears.”
Since the discovery, some of Jed’s former football teammates have reached out asking why he didn’t tell them his mother couldn’t afford to buy the jacket.
“I was embarrassed,” 그는 말했다. “I felt like we grew up with a lot of money around Scottsdale and I came from a broken family. … It was nice because I got to borrow their clothes, ride in their nice cars and hang out at their houses, but you know, (집에서) it was just a little bit different.”
From one shop to another
The jackets were donated by a man from Mesa, 174 miles from Pinetop — 이하 20 miles from Chaparral High School, Maggie Heath with Veterans Village told CNN.
“His wife passed and because of Covid he could not keep his shop opened,” 그녀가 말했다. “He drove a trailer of jackets and patches to donate to our Veterans Village Thrift Store. We have sold hundreds before we realized the jackets with names are numbers were not just samples.”
When Josh came in and saw Jed’s name and number on the jacket, Heath said, 그 “flipped out.”
“It is wonderful to learn that one of our grads is now in possession of the letterman jacket that was intended for him so many years ago,” Nancy Norman with the Scottsdale Unified School District told CNN. “Such items are of great sentimental value, and we hope that his having the jacket now brings back happy memories of his days as a Chaparral Firebird.”
Norman said it’s unclear what happened to the jacket after Jed was unable to pick it up.
As for the remaining jackets, Heath said, the shop is offering them to others who may be in search of a long-lost jacket. Since the discovery, Heath said, she’s been inundated with calls and emails and plans to spend a whole day sorting jackets and patches.