Friday, May 24, 2013

Day 54: Congratulations, Tedy Bruschi!

The Bruins lost last night... so much for the four game sweep. I can't bear to even relive the events of that game because two of the Rangers' four goals were wicked soft. One was the result of lackadaisical defense by Chara, the other one I could've stopped. Back to Boston we go.

So instead, I'd like to congratulate Tedy Bruschi on his election to the Patriots Hall of Fame. It was only a matter a time for the fan favorite who played for the Pats for 13 seasons. Plus, how can you not love a guy who's name is Bruuuuuuuuschi? He was rewarded by his fans and earned enough votes in just his first year of eligibility. The ceremony will take place on August 11th when he and broadcaster Gil Santos will both be officially inducted. Bruschi will also be honored at halftime of the Patriots' home opener on September 12th against the Jets.

Bruschi was drafted by New England in 1996 and compiled some impressive stats throughout his tenure. He appeared in 189 games, including five Super Bowls (three wins!), and recorded 448 tackles, 30.5 sacks and had 12 interceptions. According to his Wikipedia page, he is the only player in NFL history to return four consecutive interceptions for touchdowns and his career of four interceptions returned for touchdowns ranks second in Patriots history.

In 2005, Bruschi was named Comeback Player of the Year after suffering a mild stroke in February after the Pro Bowl. The fact that he never even missed a full season shows the heart and dedication he possessed. Bruschi was cleared to play in mid-October of that same year and back on the field later that month. He played three seasons after his stroke and retired from professional football in 2009.

Congratulations, Tedy! (And yes, I know this happened earlier this week, but I had to wait until Day #54... obviously.)

PS. Please don't wear your pink Kentucky Derby suit to your induction ceremony. That was not a good look.

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