On Monday, August 31, 2009, New England Patriots linebacker Tedy Lacap Bruschi announced his retirement from professional football. Tedy played a key role in the three Patriot Championship teams of 2002, 2004, and 2005. His leadership on the field was rewarded by his teammates as he was chosen to be the Patriots’ defensive captain. In 2005 he suffered a mild stroke only to return months later to be a contributing defensive player to his team and earn the award for NFL Comeback Player of the Year.
Bruschi was truly one of the best that ever played on the gridiron and has earned his place in Filipino American history as one of the elite athletes in American pro football.
Working-class hero Tedy Bruschi bows out - Boston Herald