Moments after completing a press conference on Friday to announce his retirement from football, former Syracuse LB Keith Bulluck credited Paul Pasqualoni for his development and maturity as a player.
Bulluck finished his Syracuse career under the former Orange coach with 375 career tackles, the seventh-most in school history. The former Orange LB went onto to an 11-year career in the NFL with the Tennessee Titans and New York Giants. Bulluck spent his first 10 seasons with the Titans before spending his final season with the Giants in 2010.
“He was a stickler, he probably instilled the discipline that I didn't have when I got to Syracuse,” said Bulluck of Pasqualoni. “That definitely carries over to now. Anyone who played for Coach Pasqualoni would say that he impacted them in some type of way.”
Bulluck retires with 1,265 career tackles and 19 INTs as a Titans. The Pro Bowl LB ranked third in franchise history in tackles (since 1974) and second among Titans/Oilers linebackers in interceptions.
Syracuse either tied or won the Big East regular season title in three of Bulluck's four collegiate seasons. In 1998, the Orange won the league outright after a thrilling 28-26 win over Virginia Tech and a dominating 66-13 victory over Miami (Fla.).
“My overall Syracuse experience was great,” Bulluck said. “I never really imagined going to a university as prestigious as Syracuse growing up. I had great teammates and great coaches – not only was Syracuse about building football players, they built men.”
Bulluck is serving as a correspondent for NFL Sirius Satellite Radio. Over the past two weeks, Bulluck has embarked on a tour around NFL training camps – making stops in Chicago, Cincinnati, Indianapolis, Houston, Nashville and New Orleans.
In 2003, he started the Keith Bulluck Believe and Achieve Foundation to work with foster care groups in Middle Tennessee and New York. Bulluck later served as a national spokesperson for Foster Care Awareness Month.
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