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 54   Tedy Bruschi   LB
  Height: 6-1   Weight: 247
  Year: 14   Yrs/Pat: 14
  Acquired: D3-96 (86th overall)
  School: Arizona
  Major: Communications
  Born: Jun 9, 1973  San Francisco  Calif.
  Pro Bowl: 2005

Career Transactions

Tedy Bruschi was drafted by the Patriots in the third round (86th overall) of the 1996 NFL Draft ... The selection was obtained from Detroit along with 1996 fourth-round (Chris Sullivan) and sixth-round (Marrio Grier) selections in exchange for New England's 1996 third-round selection (76th overall, Ryan Stewart) ... Placed on physically unable to perform list (7/28/05) ... Activated from physically unable to perform list (10/29/05).



Career Statistics

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Career Highlights

GP/GS (Playoffs): 189/139 (22/17)

  • In Bruschi's 13-year Patriots career, he has been a part of nine playoff seasons, eight division championships, five conference titles and three Super Bowl crowns.
  • In Bruschi's 211 career games (including regular-season and playoffs), the Patriots have a 144-67 (.682) record, including a 16-6 (.727) playoff mark. The Patriots have finished with a winning record in 11 of his 13 seasons and have finished with at least 10 wins in nine of his 13 seasons.
  • Bruschi enters the 2009 season having played in 189 regular-season games for the Patriots since joining the team in 1996. His 189 games are more than any other linebacker in team history and rank third among all defensive players and sixth overall in team history.
  • Bruschi has played in 22 career playoff games, the highest total in Patriots history and tied for the second highest total of any active NFL player in 2009 (Adam Vinatieri, 23).
  • Bruschi has played in five Super Bowls with the Patriots over his 13-year career, tying the NFL's second highest Super Bowl appearance total, trailing only Mike Lodish (six Super Bowls with Buffalo and Denver). Bruschi's five Super Bowls ties the NFL record for a linebacker.
  • Bruschi has averaged 105 tackles over the last six seasons. His 2003-08 total of 631 stops are the most on the team over that span. Over that time, the Patriots allowed an average of 17.25 points per game, the second best total in the NFL.
  • Bruschi led the team in regular-season tackles in 2006 (124) and 2007 (99) and also led the team in playoff tackles both years.
  • In 2008, Bruschi was a defensive captain for the seventh time and finished fourth on the Patriots with 71 tackles despite missing the final three games of the year. He was part of a defense that allowed 19.8 points per game, a total that ranked eighth in the NFL.
  • In 2007, Bruschi was a defensive captain and led the team with 99 tackles as the Patriots allowed just 288.3 yards per game, the franchise's best such figure in 25 years.
  • In 2007, Bruschi was a key leader on the first team in NFL history to complete a 16-0 regular season, as the Patriots tied the NFL's all-time mark with 18 overall victories and set a league record for point differential, outscoring opponents by 315 points.
  • In 2006, Bruschi was a captain on a Patriots defense that set a franchise record by allowing just 14.81 points per game. The defense allowed just 237 points, the fewest by any Patriots club over a 16-game season.
  • Bruschi led the Patriots with 124 tackles (67 solo) in 2006, marking the first time in his 11-year career that he led the team in tackles. He has finished second on the team in tackles on four occasions (1999, 2002, 2003, 2004).
  • Bruschi, the NCAA's all-time sack leader, has provided 30.5 sacks in 13 seasons as a Patriot. The Patriots are 25-2 in the 27 regular season games in which Bruschi has recorded at least one sack.
  • Since 2002, Bruschi's nose for the ball has created seven defensive touchdowns. He scored four of those touchdowns on interception returns (two in both 2002 and 2003), forced two fumbles that were picked up and returned for scores (10/03/04 and 11/28/04), and tipped a pass that was grabbed by James Sanders and returned for a touchdown (12/11/05).
  • In December 2005, Bruschi was a key part of a runstuffing unit that allowed an average of just 31.3 rushing yards per game during the month as the Patriots won all four contests to claim the 2005 AFC East title.
  • Bruschi helped to anchor a Patriots defense that set a franchise record by allowing a total of just 10 points over a three-game span from 12/04/05 to 12/17/05.
  • In his first game after suffering a stroke that sidelined him for the first six games of the 2005 season, Bruschi earned AFC Defensive Player of the Week honors following a 10- tackle performance against Buffalo (10/30/05).
  • Bruschi earned his first Pro Bowl nod in 2004 after a season in which he co-captained a Patriots defense that allowed 16.25 points per game, the second fewest in the NFL and the third fewest in franchise history. As a team captain, Bruschi's relentless work ethic and on-field intensity have helped to set the tone for the entire team.
  • Bruschi is the only player in NFL history to return four consecutive interceptions for touchdowns and his career total of four picks returned for scores ranks second in Patriots history. He is tied for fourth in NFL history among linebackers, and Bruschi is the only Patriots linebacker to return multiple interceptions for scores in a single season (2002 and 2003).
  • Bruschi's 12 career interceptions rank fourth all-time among Patriots linebackers. Bruschi also has two postseason interceptions to his credit, including one in the fourth quarter of Super Bowl XXXIX.
  • In the 2004 regular season, Bruschi finished second on the team with 128 tackles (84 solo) and tied for second on the team with three interceptions. His solid play continued in the playoffs, where he finished second on the squad with 23 tackles (18 solo) and added a sack, an interception, a forced fumble and two fumble recoveries.
  • Bruschi was named the AFC Defensive Player of the Week three times in 2004. He earned the honor twice in the regular season (Weeks 4 and 17) and also won it following a 20-3 win over Indianapolis in the Divisional Playoffs, when he forced a fumble and recovered two fumbles as the Patriots defense held the highly-regarded Colts offense to just three points.
  • Bruschi ranked second on the team with 137 tackles (87 solo) in 2003, just three shy of Rodney Harrison's team- leading 140 stops. His 137 tackles were just one short of his career high, set in 1999.
  • In 2003, Bruschi was a captain of a Patriots defense that became the first defensive unit in 65 years not to allow a touchdown in four consecutive home games in one season. The last team to accomplish the feat was the 1938 New York Giants.
  • Bruschi was named the AFC Defensive Player of the Week twice in 2003, following his contributions to Patriots victories in Week Two at Philadelphia and in the AFC Eastclinching victory over Miami in Week 14.
  • Bruschi tied a career-high and ranked third on the team with 4.5 sacks in 2002.
  • Bruschi started nine of 15 games in 2001 and finished third on the team with 73 tackles.
  • Bruschi recorded 15 tackles (13 solo), including 1.5 sacks during the 2001 postseason.
  • Bruschi started all 16 games at linebacker in 2000 and finished the season with 105 tackles (68 solos). It was his second consecutive season with more than 100 tackles (138 in 1999).
  • Bruschi started 14 games in 1999 and finished second on the team with 138 total tackles, including two sacks.
  • Bruschi earned the starting outside linebacker responsibilities at mid-season in 1998 and finished fourth on the team with 81 tackles.
  • Bruschi recorded two sacks in Super Bowl XXXI vs. Green Bay, just one shy of the Super Bowl record (Reggie White, 3.0, Super Bowl XXXI).
  • Bruschi scored his first career touchdown (at any level of competition) at Baltimore (10/6/96) when he picked up a loose ball after a Larry Whigham blocked punt and returned it four yards for a score.
  • Bruschi recorded a single-game career high with a pair of sacks and also forced his first career fumble at Baltimore (10/6/96).


2008 Season

2008 (13/12): Named a defensive captain by his teammates for the seventh season ... Played in 13 games with 12 starts at inside linebacker ... Finished fourth on the team with 71 tackles (38 solo) ... Was a captain on a defense that allowed 19.8 points per game, a figure that ranked eighth in the NFL and marked the sixth time in the last eight seasons that the Patriots allowed fewer than 20 points per game ... Led the team in tackles twice (vs. STL, vs. PIT) in 2008 ... Recorded a season-high 11 tackles in the season-opener against Kansas City (9/7) ... Contributed four tackles with one tackle for a loss, one pass defensed and a quarterback hit at the N.Y. Jets (9/14) ... Made six tackles with one for a loss against Miami (9/21) ... Made three solo tackles at San Francisco (10/5), including dropping Frank Gore for a 1-yard loss ... Led the team in tackles with nine against St. Louis (10/26) ... Led the linebacker corps with 10 tackles against the N.Y. Jets .. Tallied a team high 10 tackles, including five solo stops against Pittsburgh (11/30).
 



2007 Season

2007 (16/16/0/0):  Played in and started all 16 regular-season games in 2007 for the fourth time in his career... Was voted a defensive captain for the 2007 season by his teammates... Tied a single-game career high with a two-sack performance against the Cleveland Browns on October 7, 2007 and ran his career total to 30.5 sacks, becoming the 13th player in Patriots' history to reach that milestone... Led the team in tackles four times in 2007 (at DAL, at MIA, at BAL, vs. PIT) and shared the team lead twice (at BUF, vs. MIA)... Led the team in tackles (99) and solo tackles (69) in 2007.

at N.Y. Jets (9/9):  Started at inside linebacker... Registered five tackles (3 solo) in the Patriots' strong 38-14 victory over the Jets. San Diego (9/16):  Started at inside linebacker... Chipped in four tackles (2 solo) to the Patriots' 38-14 victory over the Chargers.  Buffalo (9/23):  Started at inside linebacker... Registered four tackles (3 solo) in the Patriots' commanding 38-7 victory over the Bills.  at Cincinnati (10/1):  Started at inside linebacker... Jumped over center to bat down a Carson Palmer pass intended for Glenn Holt on third and two to end a third-quarter drive and force the Bengals to settle for a field goal try... Registered two tackles (1 solo), one quarterback hit and a pass defensed.  Cleveland (10/7):  Started at inside linebacker... Tied a single-game career high with a two-sack performance in the Patriots' 34-17 victory over the Browns and became the 13th player in Patriots history to record 30 or more sacks in a Patriots uniform... Took down Browns quarterback Derek Anderson for a 10-yard loss just before halftime... Got to Anderson a second time for a 6-yard loss in the third quarter... Tied with Vince Wilfork for the team lead in tackles with eight... Credited with five solo tackles.  at Dallas (10/14):  Started at inside linebacker... Led the defense with seven tackles (5 solo) in the Patriots' resounding 48-27 win over the Cowboys.  at Miami (10/21):  Started at inside linebacker... Led the team with a season-high 11 solo tackles... Helped to stuff Dolphins running back Jesse Chatman on consecutive plays during the third quarter on a second-and-two run for a loss of one yard and a third-and-three run for no gain.  Washington (10/28):  Started at inside linebacker... Second on the team with nine tackles (5 solo) in the Patriots' 52-7 win over the Redskins.  at Indianapolis (11/4):  Started at inside linebacker... Teamed up with Ty Warren to drop Joseph Addai for a loss of one yard that forced a Colts' punt two plays later... Racked up four tackles (3 solo).  at Buffalo (11/18):  Started at middle linebacker as the Patriots opened the game in a 4-3 defense... Tied for the team lead with six tackles (two solo).  Philadelphia (11/25):  Started at inside linebacker... Tallied four tackles (3 solo) in the Patriots' 31-28 comeback win over the Eagles.  at Baltimore (12/3):  Started at inside linebacker... Led the Patriots with a season-high 12 tackles (8 solo) in the Patriots' 27-24 comeback win over the Ravens.  Pittsburgh (12/9):  Started at middle linebacker...  Led the team in tackles with 11, including eight solo tackles in the Patriots' 34-13 victory over the Steelers... Teamed with Richard Seymour to stuff Willie Parker for no gain in the first quarter.  N.Y. Jets (12/16):  Started at inside linebacker... Tallied two solo tackles in the Patriots' 20-10 win over the Jets.  Miami (12/23):  Started at inside linebacker... Tied for the team lead with seven tackles (6 solo) and a pass defensed in the Patriots' 28-7 win over the Dolphins... Batted down Cleo Lemon's pass intended for Justin Peelle at the goal line on fourth and four in the second quarter, forcing Miami to turn the ball over on downs.  at N.Y. Giants (12/29):  Started at inside linebacker... Tallied three tackles (2 solo) as the Patriots became the fourth team in NFL history to finish its regular-season schedule undefeated with a 38-35 comeback win over the Giants.

2007 Postseason (3/3/0/0):  Jacksonville (1/12):  Started at inside linebacker... Tallied eight tackles (4 solo) in the Patriots' 31-20 win over the Jaguars.  San Diego (1/20):  Started at inside linebacker as he played in his 21 career playoff game, passing Troy Brown (20) for the most in Patriots history... Tied for the team lead with seven tackles (6 solo) in the Patriots' 21-12 win over the Chargers in the AFC Championship Game... Broke up a Philip Rivers pass intended for Antonio Gates with a diving play at the goal line on a Chargers' second-quarter drive on which they were held to just a field goal.  N.Y. Giants (2/3):  Started at middle linebacker in Super Bowl XLII... Made eight tackles (5 solo).



2006 Season

2006 (15/14, 3/3): Was voted a defensive captain by his teammates ... Started the final 14 games at linebacker after missing the first game of the season and returning as a reserve in Week Two ... Finished first on the team with 124 tackles ... Led the team or tied for the team lead in tackles seven times (at CIN, vs. MIA, vs. NYJ, at GB, vs. DET, at MIA, vs. HOU) ... Led the team or tied for the team lead in passes defensed three times (at NYJ, vs. DEN, at GB) ... Notched a career-high 17 tackles against the N.Y. Jets (11/12/06) ... Led the team with 25 tackles in the 2006 postseason.

N.Y. Jets (9/17): Returned to the lineup in a reserve role at linebacker ... Collected six tackles (4 solo), an interception and two passes defensed ... Broke up a pass intended for Derrick Blaylock with a diving defl ection in the third quarter ... Sealed the Patriots' victory by intercepting Chad Pennington's last-ditch effort pass in the fourth quarter. Denver (9/24): Started at inside linebacker ... Registered four tackles (2 solo), a pass defensed and a quarterback hit ... Halted a Broncos drive by defl ecting a pass with an acrobatic leap on a third-and-three play in the first quarter ... Teamed with James Sanders to stonewall Tatum Bell for a 2-yard loss on a rush off left end in the fourth quarter. Cincinnati (10/1): Started at linebacker and tied for the team lead with seven tackles (3 solo). Miami (10/8): Started at inside linebacker ... Led the team with 11 tackles (5 solo) and a fumble recovery ... Recovered a Ronnie Brown fumble that was forced by Rodney Harrison early in the first quarter ... Combined with Vince Wilfork to stop Brown for no gain on a rush off left end in the third quarter. Buffalo (10/22): Started at inside linebacker and notched seven tackles (5 solo) and a fumble recovery ... Recovered a JP Losman fumble at the New England 45-yard line in the fourth quarter. Minnesota (10/30): Started at inside linebacker ... Registered two tackles and a quarterback hit ... Provided tight coverage on Mewelde Moore allowing Rodney Harrison to intercept a pass at the goal line in the first quarter. Indianapolis (11/5): Made the start at inside linebacker and registered seven tackles (3 solo) ... Combined with Junior Seau to stonewall Joseph Addai for a 1-yard loss on a rush off right tackle in the second quarter. N.Y. Jets (11/12): Started at inside linebacker and registered a career-high 17 tackles (7 solo) and a pass defensed ... Batted down a pass intended for Chris Baker in the final stanza ... Stonewalled Kevan Barlow for a 2- yard loss on a rush up the middle in the fourth quarter. Green Bay (11/19): Made the start at inside linebacker ... Led the team with nine tackles (8 solo), a half a sack and a pass defensed ... Teamed with Tully Banta-Cain to sack Brett Favre for a 10-yard loss late in the second quarter ... Knocked down a pass intended for Donald Driver, nearly intercepting it, in the third quarter ... Stonewalled Ahman Green for no gain on a rush off right guard in the fourth quarter. Chicago (11/26): Started at inside linebacker ... Finished tied for second on the team with nine tackles (4 solo) ... Teamed with Asante Samuel to stuff Thomas Jones for a 2-yard loss on a short pass in the fourth quarter. Detroit (12/3): Started at inside linebacker ... Tied for the team lead with 11 tackles (9 solo), a sack and two quarterback hits ... Teamed with Tully Banta-Cain to stop Kevin Jones for no gain on a rush up the middle in the third quarter ... Tripped up Jon Kitna for a 1-yard sack in the third quarter. Miami (12/10): Started at middle linebacker as the team opened the game in a 4-3 alignment ... Led the team with 11 tackles (6 solo) ... Teamed with Rosevelt Colvin to stonewall Sammy Morris for no gain on a third-and-one rush in the third quarter. Houston (12/17): Started at inside linebacker and led the team with 10 tackles (4 solo) ... Tipped a pass that was then intercepted by James Sanders in the first quarter ... Combined with Jarvis Green to stuff Ron Dayne for no gain on a rush up the middle in the third quarter. Jacksonville (12/24): Started at inside linebacker and collected five tackles (4 solo) and a pass defensed ... Deflected a pass intended for Maurice Jones- Drew in the third quarter. Tennessee (12/31): Started at inside linebacker and posted eight tackles (2 solo).

2006 Postseason (3/3/0/0):  N.Y. Jets (1/7): Started at inside linebacker ... Led the team with nine tackles (4 solo) and a pass defensed ... Teamed with Artrell Hawkins to stuff Leon Washington for no gain on a rush off left guard in the first quarter ... Combined with Ty Warren to stop Washington for a 6-yard loss on a short pass in the second quarter ... Teamed with Vince Wilfork to stuff Cedric Houston for no gain on a rush off right tackle in the third quarter ... Batted down a pass intended for Washington late in the fourth quarter. at San Diego (1/14): Started at inside linebacker ... Led the team with 11 tackles and a pass defensed ... Halted a San Diego drive by breaking up a pass intended for LaDainian Tomlinson on third-and-four in the second quarter. at Indianapolis (1/21): Started at inside linebacker and collected five tackles (4 solo).



2005 Season

2005 (9/9/0/1): Activated off the Physically Unable to Perform list on Oct. 29, 2005 ... Named AFC Defensive Player of the Week for his 10-tackle performance against Buffalo (10/30/05) ... Started nine of the Patriots last 10 games at inside linebacker.

Buffalo (10/30): Named AFC Defensive Player of the Week after collecting 10 tackles (4 solo) in the Patriots' 21-16 victory over the Bills on Sunday Night Football ... Snuffed out a Roscoe Parrish reverse and strung out the play that ended in with a 6-yard loss in the first quarter. Indianapolis (11/7): Collected nine tackles (5 solo) ... Teamed with Mike Vrabel to stonewall Edgerrin James for a 3-yard loss on the first play from scrimmage in the first quarter ... Combined with Ellis Hobbs to stop James for a 2-yard loss on a rush off left end in the second quarter ... Recorded a special teams stop on coverage units. at Miami (11/13): Notched six tackles and two passes defensed in the Patriots' 23-16 road victory over the Dolphins ... Teamed with Mike Vrabel to stuff Ronnie Brown for no gain on a third down rush off left end in the first quarter ... Made a diving play to deflect a third down pass intended for Wes Welker in the second quarter ... Knocked down a pass intended for Randy McMichael in the third quarter ... Stonewalled Ricky Williams for no gain on a rush up the middle in the fourth quarter. New Orleans (11/20): Finished second on the team with 10 tackles (5 solo) in the Patriots' 24-17 win over the Saints ... Tallied a solo tackle on special teams coverage units. at Kansas City (11/27): Tied for the team lead with eight tackles (5 solo) ... Stuffed Larry Johnson for no gain on a rush off right tackle in the second quarter. N.Y. Jets (12/4): Led the team with eight tackles (4 solo) in the Patriots' 16-3 victory over the Jets ... Stuffed Curtis Martin for no gain on a rush off left guard in the third quarter. at Buffalo (12/11): Collected four tackles (3 solo) and a pass defensed in the Patriots' commanding 35-7 road victory over the Bills ... Tipped a JP Losman pass that was then intercepted by James Sanders and returned 39 yards for a touchdown in the fourth quarter. Tampa Bay (12/17): Led the team with 15 tackles (10 solo), two sacks, a forced fumble and a pass defensed in the Patriots' 28-0 shutout victory over the Buccaneers ... Teamed with Ty Warren to stonewall Carnell Williams for no gain on a third-and-one rush in the second quarter ... Sacked Chris Simms for an 11-yard loss and forced a fumble that was recovered by Tampa Bay ... Broke up a pass intended for Alex Smith in the third quarter ... Stuffed Williams for no gain on a rush off right guard in the fourth quarter ... Dropped Simms for a 8-yard loss with a blitz up the middle in the fourth quarter ... Collected a special teams tackle on coverage units. at N.Y. Jets (12/26): Saw limited action at linebacker after leaving the game late in the first quarter ... Collected two tackles in the victory. Miami (1/1): Inactive.

2005 Postseason (1/1/1/0): Jacksonville (1/7): Dressed but did not play in the Patriots’ 28-3 AFC Wild Card victory over the Jaguars. at Denver (1/14): Started at linebacker and registered five tackles (2 solo).



2004 season

2004 (16/16, 3/3): Indianapolis (9/9):  Collected eight tackles (6 solo) and an interception in the Patriots' 27-24 victory over the Colts ... Stonewalled a Colts drive deep in Patriots territory with a diving, acrobatic interception of Peyton Manning at the Patriots 1-yard line in the first quarter.  at Arizona (9/19):  Tallied one solo tackle in the Patriots' 23-12 victory over the Cardinals.  at Buffalo (10/3):  Named AFC Defensive Player of the Week after registering eight tackles (6 solo), a half sack and a forced fumble in the Patriots' 31-17 victory over the Bills ... Sacked Drew Bledsoe on a critical fourth-and-three late in the fourth quarter, forcing a fumble that was scooped up by Richard Seymour and returned 68 yards for a touchdown ... Teamed with Rosevelt Colvin to drop Bledsoe for another sack with time running down in the fourth stanza.  Miami (10/10):  Collected four tackles (3 solo) and two passes defensed in the Patriots' 24-10 victory over the Dolphins ... Knocked down a Jay Fiedler pass intended for Randy McMichael in the third quarter ... Ended the Dolphins' final scoring attempt by knocking down a pass intended for Chris Chambers on fourth down at the 1-yard line.  Seattle (10/17):  Collected seven tackles (5 solo) in the Patriots' 30-20 victory over the Seahawks.  N.Y. Jets (10/24):  Tied for the team lead with 10 tackles (5 solo) in the Patriots' 13-7 win over the Jets.  at Pittsburgh (10/31):  Finished tied for second on the team with 16 tackles (8 solo) against the Steelers ... Combined with Richard Seymour to stonewall Jerome Bettis for a 1-yard loss on a rush in the third quarter.  at St. Louis (11/7):  Notched six tackles (5 solo) including a sack in the Patriots' 40-22 road win against the Rams ... Came through the middle of the line on a blitz and sacked Marc Bulger for a 9-yard loss in the third quarter.  Buffalo (11/14):  Collected six tackles (3 solo) and an interception in the Patriots' commanding 29-6 victory over the Bills ... Picked off a Drew Bledsoe pass intended for Lee Evans and returned it 29 yards to the Buffalo 27-yard line setting up the Patriots second touchdown of the evening ... Teamed with Ty Warren to stop Willis McGahee for no gain on a rush off right tackle in the third quarter ... Combined with Mike Vrabel to stonewall McGahee for a 1-yard loss on a rush off right tackle in the third quarter ... Teamed with Willie McGinest to stuff Joe Burns for no gain on a rush off right guard in the fourth quarter.  at Kansas City (11/22):  Tallied eight tackles (7 solo) in the Patriots' 27-19 Monday Night victory over the Chiefs ... Stuffed Derrick Blaylock for a 1-yard loss on a rush up the middle in the third quarter.  Baltimore (11/28):  Collected seven tackles (4 solo), a sack and a forced fumble in the Patriots' 24-3 victory over the Ravens ... Registered a tackle on special teams ... Dropped Chester Taylor for a 5-yard loss with a fierce hit on a screen pass in the third quarter ... Sacked Kyle Boller for a 12-yard loss and forced a fumble that was recovered by Jarvis Green for a touchdown in the fourth quarter ... Combined with Ted Johnson to stuff Taylor for no gain on a rush off left guard in the fourth quarter.  at Cleveland (12/5):  Led the team with eight tackles (4 solo), including a sack and a pass defensed in the Patriots' 42-15 victory over the Browns ... Dropped Luke McCown for a 8-yard sack in the third quarter.  Cincinnati (12/12):  Led the team with 14 tackles (12 solo) in the Patriots' AFC East clinching 35-28 victory over the Bengals ... Ended a Bengals' drive by stuffing pass catcher Jeremi Johnson for no gain on third-and-one in the first quarter ... Tallied two solo special teams tackles.  at Miami (12/20):  Tallied three tackles (2 solo) ... Registered a solo stop on special teams coverage units.  at N.Y. Jets (12/26):  Tied for the team lead with eight tackles (5 solo) and interception in the Patriots' 23-7 victory over the Jets ... Dropped back in coverage and intercepted a Chad Pennington pass intended for Santana Moss and returned the pick 36 yards to the Jets 38-yard line in the first quarter ... Forced Curtis Martin out of bounds for a 1-yard loss on a screen pass in the fourth quarter.  San Francisco (1/2):  Named AFC Defensive Player of the Week after leading the team with 14 tackles (8 solo) and forced a fumble in the Patriots' 21-7 victory over the 49ers ... Combined with Rodney Harrison to stonewall Maurice Hicks for a 4-yard loss on a pass in the flat during the second quarter ... Stuffed Kevan Barlow for a 1-yard loss on a rush off left tackle in the third quarter.

 

2004 Postseason (2/2/0/0):  Indianapolis (1/16):  Registered eight tackles (5 solo), a forced fumble and two fumble recoveries in the Patriots' 20-3 victory over the Colts ... Stonewalled Dominic Rhodes for a 2-yard loss on a screen pass, while simultaneously stripping him of the ball in the second quarter ... Recovered a Reggie Wayne fumble forced by Rodney Harrison in the fourth quarter.  at Pittsburgh (1/23):  Registered eight tackles (7 solo) in the Patriots' 41-27 AFC Championship victory over the Steelers ... Collected one stop on special teams. Philadelphia (2/6): Finished tied for second on the team with seven tackles (6 solo), including a sack and an interception in the Patriots' 24-21 victory over the Eagles in Super Bowl XXXIX ... Sacked Donovan McNabb for a 10-yard loss on a blitz in the first quarter ... Intercepted a McNabb pass intended for L.J. Smith in the fourth quarter.



2003 Season

2003 (16/16, 3/3): Started all 16 games at inside linebacker as one of four defensive players to start all 16 games … Was voted a defensive captain for the 2003 season by his teammates … Led the team with seven double-digit tackle performances … Ranked second on the team with 137 tackles (87 solo) … Finished third on the team with 16 pass defenses … Named AFC Defensive Player of the Week in Weeks Two and 14 … Was a captain of a defensive unit that allowed an average of just 3.7 points per game in the last six home contests … Part of a Patriots defense that led the NFL in opponents’ points per game (14.9), opponents’ passer rating (56.2), interceptions (29) and passing touchdowns surrendered (11) … Helped the Patriots run defense rank fourth in the NFL, up from 31st in the NFL in 2002 … Ranked fourth on the team with 18 tackles (10 solo) in the postseason.

Philadelphia (9/14): Earned AFC Defensive Player of the Week honors for his performance against the Eagles in Week Two … Recorded six tackles (4 solo) … Picked off a Donovan McNabb pass in the fourth quarter and returned it 18 yards for his third career touchdown … Collected a team-high and career-high five pass defenses … Recorded his first sack of the season when he dropped McNabb for a nine-yard loss in the fourth quarter. N.Y. Jets (9/21): Registered a team-high 10 tackles (3 solo) … Caused Jets tight end Anthony Becht to fumble with a diving tackle from behind. Washington (9/28): Amassed a team-high 12 tackles (7 solo) and a pass defense … Three of his tackles stopped Redskins running backs for no gain. Tennessee (10/5): Finished second on the team with 10 tackles (7 solo). N.Y. Giants (10/12): Registered a season-high 13 tackles (8 solo), marking his fourth straight game with 10 or more tackles. Miami (10/19): Registered six tackles (5 solo) and a forced fumble, which the Patriots recovered … Stripped Chris Chambers of the ball while the Dolphins wide receiver was jockeying for more yardage in the first quarter … Forced Jay Fiedler out of the pocket with a pass rush up the middle in overtime, which led the Dolphins signal caller to throw an interception to Tyrone Poole … On the next play from scrimmage, Tom Brady found Troy Brown for an 82-yard game-winning touchdown reception. Cleveland (10/26): Registered eight tackles (5 solo) … Was in on two tackles for a loss or no gain. Dallas (11/16): Registered eight tackles (6 solo) in the Patriots 12-0 win over the Cowboys, marking the Patriots’ first shutout since the 1996 season … Made a crucial play in the game when he stuffed Troy Hambrick in the backfield for a 2-yard loss on fourth-and-one in the fourth quarter. Houston (11/23): Notched seven tackles (3 solo). Indianapolis (11/30): Tallied a team-high 11 tackles (7 solo) … Deflected a pass intended for Marcus Pollard at the goal line in the second quarter … Joined with Mike Vrabel to stop Edgerrin James on first-and-goal from the 2-yard line in the fourth quarter … Combined with Rodney Harrison to stop James for no gain on second-and-goal in the fourth quarter. Miami (12/7): Registered seven tackles (5 solo) and an interception return for a touchdown in the Patriots AFC East clinching 12-0 victory over the Dolphins, earning AFC Defensive Player of the Week honors … Intercepted Jay Fiedler and returned it five yards for a touchdown to give the Patriots a 10-0 lead in the fourth quarter. Jacksonville (12/14): Finished second on the team with 10 tackles (8 solo). N.Y. Jets (12/20): Collected eight tackles (6 solo) and an interception … Intercepted a Chad Pennington pass intended for Anthony Becht on the second play of the game, setting up Tom Brady’s 35-yard touchdown pass to David Givens on the ensuing play from scrimmage. Buffalo (12/27): Finished second on the team with 10 tackles (5 solo) … Sacked Drew Bledsoe, forced the signal caller to fumble and recovered the loose ball on the first play of the fourth quarter.

2003 Postseason:  Tennessee (1/10): Led the team with nine tackles (5 solo) in the Patriots’ 17-14 divisional playoff victory over the Titans. Indianapolis (1/18): Tallied five tackles (3 solo) in the Patriots’ 24-14 AFC Championship victory over the Colts. Carolina (2/1): Tallied four tackles (2 solo) in the Patriots' thrilling 32-29 Super Bowl XXXVIII victory over the Panthers.
 



2002 Season

2002 (11/9): Voted a defensive captain for the 2002 season by his teammates … Ranked seventh on the team with 65 tackles (45 solos) despite missing five games due to injury … Recorded three double digit tackles games, including a season-high 11 at San Diego (9/29) … Tied for third on the team with a career high 4.5 sacks … Returned two interceptions for touchdowns (at Oakland, 11/17 and at Detroit, 11/28), the seventh time a Patriot interceptor has reached the end zone twice in a single season and the first time a linebacker has accomplished the feat … Played in his 100th career game at Buffalo (11/3).

Pittsburgh (9/9): Started at middle linebacker and recorded four tackles (3 solos), including a sack of Kordell Stewart in a 30-14 win over the Steelers on Monday Night Football. San Diego (9/29): Returned to the starting lineup at middle linebacker and led the team with a season-high 11 tackles (8 solos) … Dropped LaDainian Tomlinson for no gain on the Chargers first play from scrimmage. Miami (10/6): Jarred the ball loose from Miami’s Ricky Williams on the Dolphins’ first play of the second half, forcing him to fumble and setting the Patriots up to score their first touchdown of the afternoon … Finished second on the team with six tackles (4 solos). Denver (10/27): Tallied seven tackles (4 solos), including a sack of Brian Griese for a loss of seven yards. Buffalo (11/3): Recorded five tackles (4 solos) as part of a Patriots defense that held the Bills offense, which had been ranked second in the NFL, to just one touchdown in New England’s 38-7 win. Chicago (11/10): Dropped the Bears’ Anthony Thomas for a loss of a yard on third-and-one in the fourth quarter of New England’s thrilling 33-30 win over Chicago … The Bears were forced to punt instead of run out the clock and the Patriots offense marched down the field for a game-winning touchdown … Also sacked Chris Chandler for a loss of six yards. Oakland (11/17): Scored the second touchdown of his career when he intercepted a Rich Gannon pass and brought it back 48 yards for the score … Recorded his interception after the ball had bounced off of Lawyer Milloy’s foot and up into the air … Tied for the team lead with 10 tackles (7 solos) … Batted down a Gannon pass at the line of scrimmage in the third quarter as the Raiders were forced to punt … Returned the opening kickoff 11 yards. Minnesota (11/24): Tied for the team lead with 10 tackles (5 solos) in the Patriots 24-17 win over the Vikings … Sacked Daunte Culpepper for a two-yard loss … Teamed with Richard Seymour to sack Daunte Culpepper for a total loss of four yards. Detroit (11/28): Returned an interception 27 yards for a touchdown on the Lions second play from scrimmage and gave the Patriots a 10-0 lead on their way to a 20-12 victory over Lions on Thanksgiving … Marked the second time in three weeks and the third time in his career, he returned an interception for a score … Injured his knee in the first quarter and missed the final four games of the regular season.



2001 Season

2001 (15/9; 3/3): Started nine of 15 regular season games at linebacker and finished third on the team with 73 tackles (54 solos) … Credited with two sacks, forced three fumbles and recovered one … Registered a career-high two interceptions … Part of Patriots defense that limited opponents to only 272 points, their lowest total since the NFL switched to a 16-game schedule (1978) … Tallied 15 tackles (13 solos), including 1.5 sacks during the postseason. N.Y. Jets (9/23): Started at inside linebacker and posted six tackles as the Patriots limited the Jets to 238 total yards, the lowest total allowed by the Patriots in 2001. Indianapolis (9/30): Recorded seven tackles (5 solos) as the Patriots held the Colts to 82 yards rushing and forced four turnovers in their 44-13 victory over the Colts. Indianapolis (10/21): Recovered an Edgerrin James fumble forced by Ted Johnson in the second quarter on the Colts 24-yard line … The Patriots capitalized six plays later with a touchdown. Denver (10/28): Recorded his second career interception when he snatched a Brian Griese pass in the second quarter … The Patriots took advantage of the turnover three plays later with a touchdown. Buffalo (11/11): Recorded his first sack of the season when he brought down Rob Johnson for a four-yard loss … Forced Johnson to fumble on the play, but the Bills recovered … Part of defensive front that held the Bills to only 241 yards, including just 69 yards rushing in their 21-11 victory. St. Louis (11/18): Intercepted his second pass of the season and the third of his career and returned it four yards … The turnover led to a 33-yard field goal … Teamed with Richard Seymour to tackle Marshall Faulk for a one-yard loss. New York (12/2): Teamed with Bryan Cox to tackle Jets running back Curtis Martin for no gain on the Patriot two-yard line in the first quarter, forcing the Jets to settle for a field goal … Sacked Vinny Testaverde on the final play of the second quarter … Forced Testaverde to fumble on the play, but the Jets recovered. Cleveland (12/9): Registered a season-high 10 tackles (8 solos) and was part of defensive front that held the Browns to just 50 yards rushing on 19 carries (2.6 avg.). Buffalo (12/16): Tackled Bills punt returner Peerless Price for a five-yard loss in punt coverage. Miami (12/22): Tied for a team-high with seven tackles and was part of defensive front that held the Dolphins to just 58 yards rushing on 19 carries (2.6 avg.) … Joined Roman Phifer to tackle Miami running back Travis Minor for a two-yard loss … Returned a short Miami kickoff 10 yards. Oakland (1/19): Finished second on the team with nine tackles (8 solos), including a sack of Raiders quarterback Rich Gannon … Teamed with Richard Seymour to tackle Charlie Garner for no gain … Teamed with Ty Law to stop Zack Crockett for no gain on third-and-one in the fourth quarter forcing a Raiders punt … Part of defensive front that held Oakland to just 77 yards rushing on 30 attempts (2.6 avg.). Pittsburgh (1/27): Teamed with Ted Johnson to sack Kordell Stewart for a loss of three yards … Recovered a Stewart fumble and returned it one yard to the Pittsburgh 35-yard line … Part of defensive front that held Pittsburgh to just 58 yards rushing and 2.6 yards per carry in their 24-17 victory in the AFC Championship game. St. Louis (2/3): Recorded four solo tackles in the Patriots 20-17 victory in Super Bowl XXXVI, including a stop of Marshall Faulk for no gain.

 



2000 Season

2000 (16/16): Started all 16 games at weakside linebacker and finished with 105 tackles (68 solos) … It was his second consecutive season with over 100 tackles (138 in 1999) … Finished second on the team in tackles for the second consecutive year … Recorded double-digit tackles in two games and at least seven tackles in seven games ... Led team in tackles during five games in 2000.

Tampa Bay (9/3): Opened the season with a team-leading 12 tackles ... Stopped Buccaneers running back Warrick Dunn for 1-yard loss. N.Y. Jets (9/11): Tied for the team lead with five tackles (four solos) … Also credited with one special teams tackle and delivered a jarring hit on punt returner Damon Dunn and forced him to fumble (recovered by Jets) … Helped limit the Jets rushing attack to only 59 yards. Minnesota (9/17): Led team for the third straight game with 13 tackles (8 solos) … His 13 tackles was a season-high ... Ran Daunte Culpepper out of bounds for first sack of season. Miami (9/24): Limited the Dolphins to only 242 total yards, the lowest total by a Patriots opponent in 2000 … Stopped Lamar Smith for 2-yard loss forcing Dolphins to punt. Denver (10/1): Part of defense that held the Broncos to 79 yards rushing, their third-lowest total of the season in 28-19 win. Indianapolis (10/8): Led team for fourth time in six games, with nine tackles in 24-16 victory … Defense held Edgerrin James to 75 yards. Cincinnati (11/19): Credited with eight solo tackles, just one shy of his career high, in 16-13 win … Limited Corey Dillon to 79 yards rushing, including a long of only nine yards. Kansas City (12/4): Led team with seven tackles in 30-24 win … It was the fifth time he led the team in tackles during the season … Held the Chiefs to only 68 yards rushing, including only 30 yards by their leading rusher Tony Richardson. Miami (12/24): Closed out the season with eight tackles, eclipsing the 100 tackle mark for the second straight year … Limited the Dolphins, who entered the game averaging 123.1 yards rushing per game, to only 47 rushing yards.
 



1999 Season

1999 (14/14): Started 14 games at outside linebacker and recorded a career high 138 total tackles, including two sacks … Helped lead a spirited defensive unit which ranked eighth overall in the NFL in 1999, the highest ranking by a Patriots defensive unit since 1988 (fourth) ... Finished second on the team in tackles, despite missing two games due to a right knee sprain ... Only Lawyer Milloy (173) had more tackles … Credited with his first career interception, one of six passes defensed on the year … Recorded double-digit tackle totals in seven games … Led the team (or shared the lead) in tackles during four games.

N.Y. Jets (9/12): Opened the season recording a career-high 14 total tackles and tied his career high with eight solo stops in a 30-28 victory over the Jets … His 14 tackles co-led the team, along with Milloy … Recorded his first sack of the season on Rick Mirer’s first play of the game in the fourth quarter against the Jets. Indianapolis (9/19): Named defensive co-captain for the game and recorded 10 tackles, sharing team-high honors with Andy Katzenmoyer. N.Y. Giants (9/26): Combined with Willie McGinest to stop Kent Graham on a fourth-and-one attempt at the Patriots 41-yard line in the third … The Patriots responded with an 11-play, 58-yard scoring drive … Limited the Giants to just 57 yards rushing and just 258 total net yards in a 16-14 victory over the Giants. Cleveland (10/3): Sacked Tim Couch on the opening possession of the game ... It was his second sack of the season and the 12th of his career ... Limited the Browns to just 70 yards rushing and just 250 total net yards in a 19-7 victory to help the Patriots to a 4-0 record. Arizona (10/31): Helped limit the Cardinals to just eight first downs and a defensive season-best 166 total net yards, including just 76 yards rushing, in a 27-3 victory ... The 90 yards passing was the lowest by a Patriot opponent since 1994. Buffalo (11/28): Named defensive co-captain for the game and earned Miller Lite Player of the Game honors for the first time of his career after recording a game-high 14 tackles vs. the Bills ... Led a defensive unit that held the Bills’ vaunted rushing attack to just 11 yards on 12 carries in the first half and just 92 yards in the entire game. Dallas (12/5): Earned Miller Lite Player of the Game honors for the second consecutive week while leading the Patriots to a 13-6 victory over the Cowboys, the Patriots first win of the series in franchise history ... Limited the Cowboys rushing attack to just 63 yards on 23 carries (2.7 avg.), the second-best defensive effort of the season ... Held Emmitt Smith to just 75 yards rushing, his second-lowest total of the season, snapping a three game 100-yard rushing streak ... Dallas finished the game with just 203 total net yards, their lowest production of the season. Philadelphia (12/19): Recorded the first interception of his career when he stepped in front of Duce Staley to pick off a Koy Detmer attempt in the first quarter ... Finished the game with 12 tackles. Buffalo (12/26): Posted double-digit tackle totals for the second consecutive week with 13 stops against the Bills ... Recovered Eric Moulds’ fumble, forced by Tony George, during the overtime period against the Bills. Baltimore (1/2/00): Extended his streak of double-digit tackle totals to an individual best three consecutive games when he recorded 10 tackles in the season finale to help the Patriots to a 20-3 victory over the Ravens ... Held the Ravens, who entered the game averaging 21.4 points per game, to a season-low three points.
 



1998 Season

1998 (16/7; 1/1): Played in every game for the third consecutive year ... Replaced an injured Todd Collins at weak-side linebacker at Buffalo (11/15) and started the last eight games of the season, including the Patriots wild-card playoff game in Jacksonville (1/3/99) ... Finished fourth on the team with a career-high 81 tackles, including a pair of sacks ... Opened the season in his now familiar role as a pass rush specialist, rushing the passer from a down-lineman position in the Patriots nickel and dime defenses ... Recorded his first sack of the season at New Orleans (10/4) ... His second sack came the following week in a 40-10 victory over Kansas City (10/11) ... He finished that game with three tackles, including a sack, a forced fumble and two special teams tackles ... Replaced Collins at WLB at Buffalo (11/15) and recorded a career-high with 10 defensive stops ... Had a repeat performance the following week, providing 10 tackles in a 26-23 win over Miami (11/23) ... Provided eight stops (6 solos), recorded a career-high three passes defensed and forced his second fumble of the season in a 25-21 victory over Buffalo (11/29) ... Posted a career-high with eight solo tackles at St. Louis (12/13) a mark he matched two weeks later in the season finale at New York (12/27) with eight solo hits and 10 total tackles ... Forced San Francisco wide receiver Jerry Rice to fumble, setting up a Patriots touchdown in 24-21 victory (12/20) ... Recorded seven solo stops the following week in the wild-card playoff game at Jacksonville.



1997 Season

1997 (16/1; 2/0): Saw action in every game for the second consecutive season … Posted 30 defensive tackles, including four sacks, and added 13 special teams stops … His four sacks and 13 special teams tackles each ranked third on the team … Forced two fumbles, recovered one … Knocked Stan Humphries from the game in the season-opening victory over San Diego (8/31) … Made his NFL starting debut at WLB at Indianapolis (9/7) and responded with four tackles, including his first sack of the season, and a fumble recovery … Collected four tackles, including his second sack of the season, vs. Chicago (9/21) … Recorded his third sack of the season two weeks later vs. Buffalo (10/12) … Selected as special teams captain vs. Green Bay (10/27) and recorded a season-high five defensive tackles … Left the game early due to a sprained ankle at Jacksonville (12/7) after recording two solo stops, including his fourth sack of the season … Collected three tackles in each of the Patriots playoff games, vs. Miami (12/28) and at Pittsburgh (1/3).



1996 Season

1996 (16/0; 3/0): Played in every game as a rookie, filling a role as a pass rush specialist and playing on many special teams units … Finished the season with 11 tackles, including four sacks … Ranked third on the team with 17 special teams tackles … Scored his first career touchdown at Baltimore (10/6) when he picked up a loose ball after a blocked punt by Larry Whigham and returned it four yards for a touchdown … It was his first touchdown scored at any level of competition … Also recorded two sacks and forced his first career fumble at Baltimore (10/6) … Registered a season-high with three special teams tackles at Indianapolis (10/20) and at the New York Giants (12/21) … Recorded a season-high with three solo tackles vs. the Jets (12/8) … Excelled in the playoffs, totaling seven tackles, two sacks, two passes defensed, an interception and four special teams tackles in three games … Made two defensive stops and assisted on a special teams tackle in the divisional playoff game vs. Pittsburgh (1/5/97) … Credited with two defensive tackles, two special teams tackles, two passes defended and grabbed his first career interception late in the fourth quarter of the AFC Championship Game to secure a 20-6 victory over Jacksonville (1/12/97) … Closed out his rookie campaign with three tackles, including two sacks in a 35-21 loss to Green Bay in Super Bowl XXXI (1/26/97) … His two sacks set a team Super Bowl record and was just one shy of the all-time Super Bowl record.
 



Honors and Awards

2007
NFL.com's All-Interview Team

2006
Senator Paul E. Tsongas Award for Exemplary Public Service
Rhode Island Italian-American Hall of Fame Inductee

2005
Associated Press NFL Co-Comeback Player of the Year
Ed Block Courage Award
Maxwell Football Club's Spirit Award
AFC Defensive Player of the Week (Wk 8)
NFL.com's All-Interview Team
USA Today's All-Joe Team

2004
AFC Pro Bowl
Associated Press All-Pro Second Team
Football Digest All-Pro Second Team
AFC Defensive Player of the Week (Wk 4)
AFC Defensive Player of the Week (Wk 17)
AFC Defensive Player of the Week (Divisional Playoffs)
NFL.com's All-Interview Team

2003
Captain of Phil Simms' All-Iron Team
Howie Long's Toughman
SI.com's All-Pro Team
AFC Defensive Player of the Week (Wk 2)
AFC Defensive Player of the Week (Wk 14)
USA Today's All-Joe Team

2000
Ed Block Courage Award
Shaw's Supermarkets 12th Man Award



College

Bruschi tied the NCAA Division I-A career sack record with 52.0 quarterback sacks, equaling the mark set by former Alabama All-American, the late Derrick Thomas… Bruschi graduated with 74 tackles for losses, which ranked sixth in Division I-A history … Compiled 185 total tackles (137 solos), forced six fumbles and recovered five others during his collegiate career. 1995: Consensus All-American and All-Pacific-10 selection his senior year … Totaled 56 tackles (44 solos), including 14.5 sacks (96 yards) and 19.5 tackles for losses of 110 yards … His sack total ranked third in the nation … Added four pass deflections and forced one fumble. 1994: Earned consensus All-America honors and was one of four finalists for the Lombardi Award, given annually to the top lineman in the nation … He was also a finalist for Football News’ National Defensive Player of the Year award … Totaled 39 tackles, including 10 sacks for 65 yards and 15 tackles for losses. 1993: Earned Second-Team All-America honors after setting an all-time school record with 19 sacks (143 yards) as a sophomore, breaking the previous record of 15 (Steve Boadway in 1984) … Earned first-team All-Pac-10 honors and was named the team’s Most Valuable Player … His 27.5 tackles for losses and 19 sacks were each career highs. 1992: Played strongside outside linebacker prior to his transition to the defensive line in 1993 … Started just one of 12 games and still managed to post 4.5 sacks for the season. 1991: Missed the first three games of the season due to a pinched nerve in his neck … Returned and started vs. Long Beach State and Washington as a true freshman, but suffered a broken left thumb and was redshirted.
 



Personal

Tedy Lacap Bruschi was born on June 9, 1973 in San Francisco, Calif. ... He is the son of Anthony Sr. and Juanita ... He is one of three children ... His stepfather, Ron Sandys, was a professional tennis player ... Tedy attended Roseville (Calif.) High, where he lettered twice in football and was a two-year captain, earning all-conference, all-northern California and all-metro honors as a defensive tackle ... The Sacramento Bee ranked Tedy number one on its list of the 100 best Sacramento area high school football players of all time ... He also earned a letter in wrestling and two letters in track, competing in the shot put, discus and triple jump ... He wrestled in the heavyweight division ... Selected as the Patriots' recipient of the Ed Block Courage Award in 2000 and 2005 ... In 2005, Tedy served as the honorary chairman of the Hyannis Port Challenge, a cycling event that served as a fundraiser for Best Buddies ... Served as an honorary coach in the 2007 BELL Bowl, a fundraiser at Gillette Stadium to benefit the BELL Foundation ... Hosted two Make-A-Wish visits at Gillette Stadium in 2007 ... Participated in the 2007 Salvation Army Holiday Party at Gillette Stadium with nearly 250 children from the Boston and Providence Salvation Army centers ... Hosted a Make- A-Wish visit at Gillette Stadium in 2008 ... He earned his bachelor's degree in communications at Arizona ... Tedy and his wife, Heidi, have three sons, Tedy Jr., Rex and Dante.



Extra Points

  • In 2005, Tedy established "Tedy's Team", a vehicle to help battle stroke, the number one cause of disability in the United States. After Tedy suffered a stroke in February 2005, he dedicated himself to raising funds and awareness to fight stroke along with the American Stroke Association. Members of Tedy's Team have run in the Boston Marathon and the Falmouth Road Race and have raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for stroke research. Find out more at www.runtoendstroke.org.
  • Tedy is the author of "Never Give Up: My Stroke, My Recovery, and My Return to the NFL", a book detailing his return to the Patriots following his 2005 stroke.
  • Tedy tied Derrick Thomas' all-time NCAA Division I-A record with 52 career quarterback sacks while leading Arizona's "Desert Swarm" defense.