Man Finds Brother’s Letterman Jacket Their Mom Couldn’t Afford in a Thrift Store 28 Years Later


In 1994, money was tight for Jed Mottley and his family, and his single mom couldn’t afford the varsity football letterman jacket that he ordered, which was about $300.

“Every week I’d say, ‘Hey can we go grab the jacket?’ And it’d be like, ‘Oh, Next week.’ And here’s the thing, I was so embarrassed about it. I didn’t tell anybody,”Mottley stated.

Mottley didn’t pick it up but his brother Josh found it in an Arizona thrift store.

The business owner, who made the jackets for the school, donated a thousand jackets to the store. 

“He goes, ‘Is there any chance I’m looking at your letterman jacket?’ I go, ‘No man, I don’t know if you remember, but mom couldn’t afford to pay for it and we never picked it up,’”Jed said. 

Josh took a picture of the jacket, which said Jed’s name and “WR1”Jed began as a wide receiver “freaking out.” 

Both brothers believe that the jacket is a message from mom, who passed away nine years ago.

“Is this divine intervention? I don’t know. It’s really fun to think about,”Jed said.

“I think she would be freaking out right now, just the fact that we’re on Inside Edition. So it feels like this is her,”Josh stated. 

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