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Tedy Bruschi, You Will Be Missed

Posted on: August 31, 2009 11:13 am
I write this blog entry after having read the breaking news story that Tedy Bruschi will announce his retirement from the new England Patriots and the NFL later this morning.  In every generation there are a select group of players you hope to see play forever.  For some people, myself included, that group includes Tedy Bruschi.  In so many ways, he has served as an inspirational story for many in the nation.  I would even be willing to bet that those people who despise the New England Patriots have at least some amount of respect for Tedy Bruschi and what he has accomplished.

From the beginning of his career, he should forever stand out as an inspiration to all.  He was not a high round draft pick, and not even a good bet to make the cut onto an NFL roster.  But he did.  He was a special teams and limited play linebacker, but he made the team.  How many people do you think told him that he would never make it?  But that did not stop him.  I know as a parent I tell my children to never give up and if there is something they really want, they should put in all the effort they can and not let others get them down.  Tedy Bruschi did this.

Into his career, his good, no great, play earned him a starting spopt on the roster where he became truly the heart and sould of the Patriots defense, and one of the leaders of the team.  This is from a man who was not even a good bet to make a team a few years before.  He went on then to be a part of three Superbowl Champion teams.  His adversity was not over yet though.  We all remember after his first Pro-Bowl in 2004, he suffered what was described as a minor stroke.  I am no medical doctor but my understanding is that a "minor" stroke is something that is not really minor by any stretch of the imagination.  Did he let this stop him?  Absolutely not.  Within a matter of months he not only made a recovery, but was back in the starting defense for the Patriots.  How many of us wish to have that kind of perserverence, or hope that our children do?

I have been busy this past weekend and the first I heard of Tedy Bruschi retiring from football was this morning and I could not believe what I was hearing.  Truly I believed that he would come back and be an intregal part of the Patriots defense once again, even if his role was reduced.  Now, I want to offer my thanks and respect to a man, and a player, who brought a lot of joy to those who have watched him play and given us numerous examples of why we should always have hope and never give up.

Thank you tedy bruschi.

Since: Aug 22, 2007
Posted on: September 3, 2009 4:20 pm

Tedy Bruschi, You Will Be Missed

Tedy Bruschi has to rate as one of my favorite players of all time and I will certainly will miss seeing him play during the upcoming season.  In addition to being a great football player, he was a very honorable man.  We need more of our athletes to be like him.  He played for the love of the game and it showed every down that he was in.  He may not make the Hall of Fame, but I sure would like to see it.

Since: Aug 28, 2009
Posted on: September 2, 2009 10:22 am
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Since: Nov 3, 2007
Posted on: September 2, 2009 2:35 am

Tedy Bruschi, You Will Be Missed

As a Pats fan it's hard to see him go, he will be missed.

Since: Dec 29, 2006
Posted on: September 1, 2009 10:31 pm

Tedy Bruschi, You Will Be Missed

Congratulations Tedy -  You were amazing at the University of Arizona.  I had the opportunity to watch you for 4 years as a Wildcat and appreciate all you did to put the Desert Swarm on the map as one of the best defenses in the Nation.  You inspired many as you showed that the biggest and talented does not always beat out the guy who has the most passion and determination.  As another Ted once said to his son Ted Junior regarding his sailing "we may not be the most talented or the brightest, but we will succeed because we have the most determination"  You are an inspiration to all the guys who were told they couldn't.  I enjoyed watching you in the PRO's and struggled with emotion when you were ill.  You are making the right  move for now your family deserves the determination that you gave the game.   You will always be a part of football history and I agree - we have not seen the last of Tedy Bruschi - you will be a hall of famer and rightfully so!  Best of everything to you!  I can still hear the chant.... Brooooooooooooooooooooooski!   Part of our history and I thank you for it!

Since: Mar 9, 2009
Posted on: September 1, 2009 10:09 pm

Tedy Bruschi, You Will Be Missed

Actually, Tedy Bruschi, unlike many others, seems like he would be they type who would probably share a beer from time to time with a fan.  This may be absolutely false for all I know, but he makes it seem that way.  That is a quality that far too few successful athletes have, the ability to make their fans feel as if they are appreciated in at least some regard.  Too many forget that if it were not for us fans, they could not be where they are today.

Since: Dec 28, 2006
Posted on: September 1, 2009 6:57 pm

Tedy Bruschi, You Will Be Missed

My Boston Sports Fantasy is to sit in a pub between Eddy Beers and Tedy Bruschi......with them buying, of course..... :)

Since: Oct 7, 2006
Posted on: September 1, 2009 5:05 pm

Tedy Bruschi, You Will Be Missed

Even as a COLTS fan I'm sad to see TB go.  He's one class act and the NFL needs more men like him in the league.  Good luck and so long #54.  You will be missed.

Since: Mar 9, 2009
Posted on: September 1, 2009 3:36 pm

Tedy Bruschi, You Will Be Missed

There are football players and then there are profiles in courage.You got that right.  There are also great football players and there are great men.  There is a difference as we all know.  There have been many great players in the NFL, but it seems that great men who just happen to play football are becoming more and more rare.  Having never met Tedy Bruschi, I don't know what he was truly like as a person, but the impression I get from everything I have ever seen or read is that he was a terribly nice individual who was not a stuck up person whatsoever.

Since: Jan 6, 2009
Posted on: September 1, 2009 3:24 pm

Tedy Bruschi, You Will Be Missed

Amen. There are football players and then there are profiles in courage. He showed courage and stamina throughout his playing career and grace and class in his retirement. I firmly believe that no matter who he played for, his retirement would have been stirred media attention. He was, is and always will be a class act. Thanks for sharing.

Since: Aug 3, 2009
Posted on: September 1, 2009 2:08 pm

Tedy Bruschi, You Will Be Missed

Great comeback but to me he was just another NE player....Big deal ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ

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