PatsFans.com Menu
PatsFans.com - The Hub For New England Patriots Fans
Search

New England Patriots > Patriots Blog

VIDEO: A Look Back At Tedy Bruschi’s NFL Comeback

Robert Alvarez
Robert Alvarez on Twitter
October 30, 2020 at 4:52 pm ET

VIDEO: A Look Back At Tedy Bruschi’s NFL Comeback(PHOTO: Robert Deutsch - USA TODAY Sports)
Posted: Oct 30, 2020 04:52
🕑 Read Time: 1 minutes

15 years ago today, former New England Patriots linebacker Tedy Bruschi made his emotional return to football just eight months after suffering a stroke.

Back in February 2005, and just days after his first ever Pro-Bowl appearance, Bruschi suffered a mild stroke and underwent surgery for a hole in his heart. At the time, his NFL future largely in doubt.

Fast forward to October 30th of that year, Bruschi would in fact return to football after months of successful rehabilitation.

Take a look back on the anniversary of Bruschi’s first game back courtesy of the Patriots social media team below.

Bruschi logged two tackles and assisted on five more as the Patriots came from behind to beat the Bills 21-16, with 14 points coming in the fourth quarter.

For his efforts, Bruschi was named the AFC Defensive Player of the Week.

“I’d been training for this for a long time,” Bruschi said postgame. “It felt like the first game back, but I still feel I can get better.”

On his Instagram Friday, Bruschi also reflected back on the memories.

“15 years ago today I made my comeback to the NFL after suffering a stroke. Comebacks are possible.”

Bruschi wound up playing in all but one game the remainder of the 2005 season. He was later named the NFL’s Comeback Player of the Year, an honor he shared with Steve Smith of the Carolina Panthers. He would go on to play three more seasons before retiring in 2009.

Since his first stroke, Bruschi established Tedy’s Team, an organization meant to aid stroke victims and raise awareness of the importance of recognizing its warning signs.

READ NEXT:
MORSE: Week 8 – Patriots at Bills Preview


Posted Under: Patriots Video
Tags: Tedy Bruschi

  • 0 0 votes
    Article Rating
    Subscribe
    Notify of
    guest

    This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

    0 Comments
    Inline Feedbacks
    View all comments

  • More Patriots News Headlines:

    Tuesday Afternoon Patriots Notebook 2/27: News and Notes

    Tuesday Afternoon Patriots Notebook 2/27: News and Notes

    By: Ian Logue
    The first press conference for Patriots Director of Scouting Eliot Wolf was held on Tuesday down in Indianapolis as Wolf addressed a variety of topics,…
    20 hours ago
    TRANSCRIPT: Patriots Director of Scouting Eliot Wolf’s Press Conference 2/27

    TRANSCRIPT: Patriots Director of Scouting Eliot Wolf’s Press Conference 2/27

    By: Ian Logue
    Here's the transcript from Patriots Director of Scouting's Eliot Wolf from the NFL Scouting Combine on Tuesday.
    23 hours ago
    Monday Afternoon Patriots Notebook 2/26: News and Notes

    Monday Afternoon Patriots Notebook 2/26: News and Notes

    By: Ian Logue
     The Patriots are obviously embarking on a new era following the departure this offseason of Bill Belichick, and the subsequent hiring of Jerod Mayo.  That…
    2 days ago
    Patriots News 2-25, “The Dynasty” Left Much Out, Matthew Slater

    Patriots News 2-25, “The Dynasty” Left Much Out, Matthew Slater

    By: Steve Balestrieri
    “Matthew Slater deserves every accolade someone could receive. He added that Slater was the “best core special teams player in NFL history.”
    3 days ago
    Mayo Sets Groundwork, Offers More Transparency With New Staff

    Mayo Sets Groundwork, Offers More Transparency With New Staff

    By: Ian Logue
    With the Patriots turning the page in what is now a post-Bill Belichick era, one emphasis appears to be clear. It looks like there will…
    6 days ago

    Share via
    Copy link
    Powered by Social Snap
    Search For Links: - CLOSE
    For searches with multiple players
    add commas (Ex: "Bill Belichick, Devin McCourty")