I remember reading something about Tedy right after we drafted him that stuck with me. It was from an AU fan who said that Pats fans probably didn't know how good he was. He was right and we all found out.
That team was loaded with those type of players so it was easy for a guy with Brady's personality to stay in line. He respected authority and those teams had it in spades.
You knew Bruschi was special when he first got here. He was only a ST player and a rotational guy at LB (IIRC, we had really good LB'ers here in McGinest (also Elephant), Slade, Vinnie Brown, Ted Johnson, and later Katzenmoyer for a short time). I might be mixing up the players/time line though. Nonetheless, when watching on TV...you would see #54 much like you see #18 all the time these days on kickoff coverage...