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    I didn't see this posted. Excellent excerpt from the long-anticipated Bruschi book.

    http://news.bostonherald.com/blogs/patriots/

    June 14th, 2007
    Bruschi’s story
    Posted by Albert Breer at 11:45 am
    Just received an advance copy of Tedy Bruschi’s upcoming book, Never Give Up: My Stroke, My Recovery & My Return to the NFL. And the parts of this work, co-authored by WEEI’s Michael Holley (also the author of Patriot Reign), that I’ve gotten through so far have been outstanding.
    Here’s an exercept that I found particularly interesting, just to give you a taste of what you’re in for when Never Give Up is released on Aug. 17. The stage is set in September of 2005, just before the Patriots were to open the season against the Oakland Raiders:

    The six-month echo in September was incredible. All we heard was, “You’re looking great, Tedy. Everything is neurologically fine.” It was early when we left Dr. Greer’s office, no later than seven or eight, so I asked Heidi if she wanted to get breakfast. She said she did, so we drove from Boston to one of our favorite places in North Attleboro, A&J’s. There wasn’t a lot said during the drive, but I know both of us sensed something significant had just taken place. There’s is no way I could’ve had a more positive and upbeat health report than the one Dr. Greer had just given. When we got to A&J’s, I was feeling so great about my health that I decided to splurge and order something with a little grease and fat: I had blueberry pancakes with butter on top, a side of corned beef hash, a glass of orange juice and some coffee. Heidi had chocolate chip pancakes.
    We sat in a booth and considered everything that we had been through.
    “What am I waiting for Heidi?” I asked her. “Physically, there is nothing wrong with me. Mentally, all right, I might be a little messed up in the head. But what am I waiting for?”
    We weren’t arguing. Heidi knew everything I did about my health. She knows me better than anyone, so she could see how much things were bothering me, from not being able to participate to the “I thought you were just trying to get paid” comment from a teammate.
    “I know,” Heidi said. “I know that you’re fine.”
    We looked at each other across the table. We were about to come to a decision in our neighborhood diner.“Let’s just go for it this year,” I said.

    Heidi agreed that waiting one year didn’t make a lot of sense. It was time to resume my career in 2005. I didn’t have to wander about on golf courses anymore, asking myself what I was doing. I didn’t have to fight myself anymore, asking what the purpose was of taking notes in 2005 for something I couldn’t do until 2006. No more; It was time to play.
    Bill Belichick had Oakland on his mind, but I went to see him in his office and tell him the news. I told him that I wanted to stay on the PUP list until I was eligible to practice and play with the Patriots.
    “Bill, I want to take advantage of that practice time,” I said.
    “Let me get this straight,” Bill said. “There’s still no way of you playing this year at all?”
    I just looked at him. There was a pause, and he looked at me with raised eyebrows.
    “Bill, I want to practice because I’m going to play this year,” I said.
    It’s the first time I’ve ever seen Bill with a look on his face that let you know you said something he didn’t expect. We’re talking about the man who is always thinking ahead, two or three steps ahead of you. He’s the one who mentioned the year off in the beginning when I wasn’t thinking that way. Now it didn’t appear that he had anticipated what I was going to say to him. He went over the gist of what I said, just to be sure he heard me say it.
    “I want to make sure we’re on the same page here,” he said. “Are you telling me that going out there and picking up another linebacker this year would be the wrong move?”
    “Yeah,” I said. “That would be the wrong move.”
    Bill had seen me in all phases of my comeback. He talked to me when I thought I had to retire, he saw me when I told him I was going to take the season off, and he had to sense the joy I was feeling when I told him I was returning in 2005. I left his office and headed up a flight of stairs so I could see Mr. Kraft. I’ve never had a problem communicating with the owner of the team, and now we were talking more than ever. Each time I had something to report, I’d make a point to personally tell Bill and Mr. Kraft so they could stay in the loop. Mr. Kraft had always realized how important Heidi is to me and how we figure out issues together. So before he told me what I had to do, he asked a good question.
    “Is Heidi on board with this?” he said. “I’d like to know what she thinks.”
    … And you’ll have to wait a couple months for the rest of it. But you don’t have to wait to line up a copy for yourself. You can go here to pre-order the book at Amazon.com. Trust that, from just the parts that I’ve read, it’ll be worth it.
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    Well that's the next book I'll be reading :)
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    I will be reading some books between now and then, but I will DEFINITELY put that on my pre-order list from Borders... Gotta love Border's gift cards.
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    :) . . . yeah, I'm not a reader, the last book I read was Charlie Weis' book that I got around Christmas.
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    Damn.... I forgot about Charlie's book. Gonna have to add that to my list as well.... Doesn't Pepper have a book out also?
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    Charlie has a book?
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    Interesting. I wonder what LB's BB was after.
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    Probably no-one of consequence . . . this line is the part that raised my eyebrow :

    "so she could see how much things were bothering me, from not being able to participate to the “I thought you were just trying to get paid” comment from a teammate."
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    Slightly OT and maybe a lil unwelcomed, but...

    The gist of his exchange with BB could lend one to believe that a similar absence of Samuel (albeit different circumstance) would be met with similar regard on BB's part.

    i.e.: Carrying on business without, looking to add another, etc, not expecting a return nor worrying about (strategically at least). I imagine the circumstances of "losing" Samuel is also met less with personal concern and more diappointment/contempt.

    I'd like Samuel back, but this personal insight leads me to believe he is simply not a priority. The Pats'll take him or leave him, as he wishes.
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    Yea, that one kind of stunned me. People do say dumb things but I never thought that a teammate would say that directly to Tedy. I don't think I really want to know which one it was.
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    It could have been said as a joke with a smile but as he said that the comment bothered him, probably not.
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    His book sounds like it's going to be awesome... I can't wait for it to come out... Oh, why August, why not over the summer so we had something to read!!lol...

    I found that interesting as well... It sounded so much like Samuel, that's who immediately came to mind when I read it... If it was Samuel, he's been bitter for a while now about his "paycheck"...
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    There was a great documentary on Tedy on the NFL Network and from what I saw it seems as if he's universally loved in that locker room. I would venture a guess that whoever it was that said that isn't there anymore.
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    Yeah, Pepper's got a book called "All for one" It's about the 2001 season.
    Pretty fun read.
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    Stupid comment when you think back to Robert Edwards, the Krafts paid him for two years, when it was quite obvious that he was at the very least a year away from returning.

    If Tedy never played another down again, I'm positive that Bob Kraft would have paid him every cent of his contract, and then hired him on after that in some capacity. Look at the exchange between Kraft and Tedy, the first thing Kraft thinks about is what Tedy's wife thinks about him coming back. (On a side note, it makes me feel a little better about my own manhood, being as even Tedy has to check with the Mrs.).

    Still I would love to know, maybe he tells us in the book, who said that!
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    They'll probably have the book signing like they did for the release of Big Papi's book. You'll have to go the day before to get a colored ticket that lets you know where you have to stand in line the next day.
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    :eek: Yes,that is interesting! I read Breer's article quickly-I missed that,thanks for posting it. Maybe it's nothing,maybe it's something,but one thing's for sure; the Pat's story that we never see or read about is someday going to be an incredible read.

    Congrats to Bru on what also sounds like an inspiritional story to stroke victims everywhere.
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    Actually, IIRC, there were reports (I forget the source) that, if Bruschi had chosen (or was forced) to hang up his cleats, Kraft was willing to tear up Bruschi's old contract and hire him as a PR person (or somesuch) immediately.

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