A New Hampshire couple is on a mission to get back a stuffed goat they call “Brady” that got lost in the throngs of Super Bowl parade revelers during the raucous celebration on Tuesday.
Michael Brody and his wife, Sheri, brought the plush toy, which was clad in a Tom Brady jersey, to the parade as a prop, hoping to snap selfies with the goat as the team rolled by on duck boats.
But the goat became a “little celebrity” during the parade before it suddenly vanished.
Brody said the couple was standing near Emerson College, where Boylston Street intersects with Tremont Street, wedged up against the barriers when players on one of the duck boats signaled for Brody to toss the stuffed animal up to them.
The players hoisted the goat in the air, Brody said, before throwing it back down to them.
Then came Rob Gronkowski, who was wearing a neon vest, his bare chest exposed. The wine-swilling tight end looked down at the couple and asked them to launch the goat his way.
Once it was in Gronk’s possession, he started kissing and cuddling with it, before eventually giving it to a nearby police officer who walked the toy back over to Brody.
“We were like ‘This is incredible. Gronk has our goat. ...It was covered with beer, it was soaking wet,” said Brody, 57. “At that point, I should have held onto it, but I assumed that because the two other duck boats that had gone by gave it back to us, I thought the others would do the same.”
Sadly, he said, that’s not what happened.
Shortly after Brody and his wife hurled the stuffed animal at a flatbed truck carrying a shirtless Dave Andrews and right-tackle Marcus Cannon, the goat disappeared.
Brody said he watched as a jubilant Andrews and Cannon turned the corner from Boylston Street onto Tremont Street, headed toward the end of the parade route at City Hall, with the goat onboard.
“It never got back to us,” admitted Brody. “I threw it [to the players] one too many times.”
Brody said his “heart dropped” as it went out of sight. He looked at his wife and could see the disappointment on her face.
“She was totally bummed out,” he added.
The couple contemplated pushing through the swell of parade-goers to catch up with the stuffed toy, but knew it would be too difficult to maneuver through the large crowds. (An estimated 1.5 million Patriots fans attended Tuesday’s parade.)
Instead, they waited until the parade was over and walked toward Government Center, where Sheri asked police if perhaps they’d seen the goat with any of the players, but the attempt was fruitless.
Later that evening, Brody and Sheri began leveraging social media and called into WEEI radio in an attempt to track down the beloved goat, a mascot Sheri had purchased during the regular football season. The couple used it as a good luck charm while watching games with friends at their home.
“We have superstitions,” said Brody. “When the Pats weren’t doing well we would move it to certain places, and put him at our bar or places around the room.”
So far, they have a single lead — a tweet from someone who claims to have video of the goat getting tossed back out into the crowd on Tremont Street.
Brody said he’s hoping that whoever ended up with the animal will get in touch with the couple and return it.
He said while the goat already had sentimental value, it has more meaning now that it was handled by players and became a talked-about part of the Super Bowl parade.
With Sheri’s birthday on Friday, he said, geting the goat back would be the perfect way to celebrate the day.
“The hunt is on to save the goat and bring the goat back home where he belongs,” Brody said. “If it ever happens, it happens. But it would be nice if we could get it back.”Steve Annear can be reached at email@example.com. Follow him on Twitter @steveannear.