Monday, February 21, 2005

Bruschi Goes Home

Less than a month after his team won the Super Bowl, New England Patriots linebacker Tedy Bruschi has suffered a stroke. on Sunday, he left the hospital to recuperate at home.

Although the stroke has been reported as "mild" it is well-documented that one "mild" stroke will eventually lead to another. Can Bruschi ever play in the NFL again? I would think not. And that is bad for the NFL. I hope he can, but I hope any return does not jeopardize his life.

The 31-year-old Bruschi has been a huge asset to the Patriots. He is smart and strong and savvy and handsome. His work leading the defense from the linebacker position makes him one of the best in the game. He is one of those all-around good-guy athletes whose attitude and mere presence are necessary ingredients for a championship team.

Bruschi has returned to his home in North Attleboro, Massachusetts, which is remarkably close to Foxboro. It is quite rare for a wealthy athlete to take-up residence close to his place of employment, if it is in the North where Winter is more exciting than Summer. Most players move into gated communities in sunny climes far from the bothersome employers and fans. I think this is another testament to his character and his commitment to the team and his fans.

He is a team booster always available for PR campaigns, active in his community, and accessible to his fans and fan clubs. He cares about his relationship to the world around him and he works hard to be a good person. There aren't many like Bruschi in professional sports, and any early departure from the sport will be a sad one.

In England, a young soccer star named Chris Coleman was severely injured in an automobile accident. His career was over. But a couple years later, he is the manager at Fulham Football Club, and the team has stuck with him through his ongoing medical challenges. He is one of the youngest managers in the history of professional sports. Fulham did the right thing for Chris Coleman.

Let's hope that in New England, the fat cats will see what they have; not just the on-field talent, but the spirit and smarts of a young man dedicated to them. Let's hope the Patriots have a long-term plan that includes Tedy Bruschi. Irrespective of his athletic abilities.

Good luck, Tedy!


A picture at Mrs. B's Patriot World site

A nice article at the fan site

Clcik the picture to visit Mrs. B's Patriot World

Zip's Patriot Page

Go Pats! site

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