Bruschi Retirement Thoughts: The Epitome of an NFL Player

By pantherwoods  |   Wednesday, September 02, 2009  |  Comments( 2 )

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Over the last decade the NFL has seen a lot of characters compete on its storied fields. We have seen locker room tantrums, on field (and off field) lapses in judgement and all out cat fights. During this time that good character has been pushed to the back burner for talent, one standout is being forgotten.

Tedy Bruschi was a man who did not know the meaning of the word quit. After 13 seasons with the Patriots, Bruschi retired this week. He was the epitome of a real football player. He let nothing stand in his way. He never stopped fighting to do the thing he loved, not even after suffering a stroke in 2005. Whenever I hear Coach Jimmy V's most famous words Bruschi always comes to mind. "Don't give up, don't ever give up.", those words never rang more true when talking of Bruschi.

Playing in 189 games and starting 139 of them, averaging 105 tackles a season. Bruschi was pivotal in the Pats three Lombardi Trophies in that time. He averaged 105 tackles a season over his career. If he isn't making a heartfelt speech in Canton in five years I'll never watch football again.
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