Patriots veteran linebacker Tedy Bruschi has reportedly had enough. After 13 seasons which included a comeback from a stroke, the heart and soul of the Pats is retiring today, as the team has announced a 10:45 press conference this morning to make the official announcement.
Bruschi was a part of all three Super Bowl-winning Patriots teams. The last championship Super Bowl was February 6th, 2005, against the Eagles. Ten days later he was hospitalized after experiencing numbness in his left arm and left leg and blurry vision and was diagnosed with a mild stroke, but came back an amazing 8 months later.
The 36-year-old inside linebacker played sparingly in the Patriots’ three exhibition games, and while he said he was okay being a backup, it was evident that he still had that fire to want to be a starter, but the body didn’t respond.
Bruschi made one Pro Bowl in the 2004 season when he was second on the team with 128 tackles. He also had a sack and an interception in that year’s Super Bowl win over the Eagles. He has played in 189 regular-season games, more than any linebacker in club history. His 631 total tackles over the past six seasons are the most on the team in that period.