Happy Trails, Tedy Bruschi

In Uncategorized on August 31, 2009 at 2:44 pm
The legendary Patriot retired today with 3 Super Bowls to his name.

The legendary Patriot retired today with 3 Super Bowls to his name.

New England Patriots linebacker Tedy Bruschi retired from the game of football today and what else can you say but, you’ll be missed.

Bruschi retires as a fan favorite, a winner, and an iconic Patriot. He leaves behind a legacy of victory and, as he goes forward, he’ll carry with him a resume of storied leadership and true courage. The stroke story has been told and retold, but it really is a perfect illustration of what I’ll call the Bruschi Ethic – intensity, effort, and a strong will in the face of adversity. As he explained during his retirement press conference today, the Patriots facility has a Notre Dame-esque sign on the entrance that reads “Do Your Job,” and no Patriots player – perhaps no NFL player – fully lived that motto more than Tedy Bruschi. He did his job, every day, for 13 years and he did it well. The gridiron was his construction site and his hard hat, a Patriots helmet.

Bruschi will be sorely missed by a fan base for whom he embodied the underdog fighting spirit, but he’ll long be remembered as a paragon of hard work and valor. And he’ll be just as missed, if not more so, by the New England community within which he emerged as a beneficial force and a kindred spirit. His work with the organization he started following his famous stroke, Tedy’s Team, is only one of the ways in which Bruschi has energized and enriched our collective home. Fortunately for us, I have a hunch that he won’t go far.

But at the end of the day, Tedy Bruschi should be honored for what he really was: a gritty, talented, true football player, and a damn good one. The former third-round draft choice worked his ass off to become, as Bill Belichick intoned at today’s press conference, “the perfect player,” and no words here can eulogize Bruschi’s career as appropriately as did the wavering in Belichick’s voice when he said it.

So, a tip of the cap to you Tedy. You were the best. We’ll miss you.


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