Today in Patriots History
Happy 48th birthday to Tedy Bruschi
Born June 9, 1973 in San Francisco
Patriot ILB, 1996-2008; uniform #54
Pats 3rd round (86th overall) selection of the 1996 draft, from Arizona
- 2013 Patriots Hall of Fame inductee.
- Played in 211 games (189 regular season games and 22 playoff games) for the Patriots over 13 seasons.
- The 13 seasons played and the 189 regular season games played both rank as eighth most in franchise history.
- Owns the team record with 17 forced fumbles.
- 30.5 career sacks ranks as 16th best in club history.
- With Bruschi the Patriots went to the playoffs nine times, won eight division titles, five conference titles and three super bowl championships.
- All Pro second team (2003, 2004), Pro Bowl (2004), NFL Comeback Player of the Year (2005), Super Bowl champion (2001, 2003, 2004).
- 22 playoff games was at the time most in Pats history (since surpassed by four others), and is tied for 20th most in NFL history.
- Arguably one of the top three Patriots in the Belichick era.
- First player in NFL history to return four consecutive interceptions for touchdowns.
- Was part of eight defensive touchdowns: four pick-sixes, two forced fumbles that were returned for TDs, a blocked punt returned for a TD, and a tipped pass that was intercepted and returned for a TD.
- Those four interceptions returned for a TD are second must in Pats history, behind only Ty Law (6).
- His twelve interceptions ranks 26th in franchise history, and fifth most by a linebacker.
- Made countless clutch iconic plays, such as: ripping the ball from Dominic Rhodes in the 2004 AFCCG; stonewalling Charlie Garner on 2nd-and-3 in the 2001 playoff game against Oakland; or the 2003 pick-six in the snow against Miami to win the division.
- Trivia: the Patriots traded down ten spots in the '96, getting draft picks which turned out to be Bruschi, Chris Sullivan and Marrio Grier from Detroit. The Lions used that pick on safety Ryan Stewart, who started just two NFL games with one career interception.
- Described by Bill Belichick as "the perfect player".
- University of Arizona Sports Hall of Fame, 2000
- National Italian American Sports Hall of Fame, 2011
- College Football Hall of Fame, 2013
- New England Patriots Hall of Fame, 2013
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