Published: Sat, July 06, 2019
Sports | By Phillip Butler

Former Patriot Bruschi recovering from stroke

Former Patriot Bruschi recovering from stroke

ESPN said Friday that former New England Patriots linebacker Tedy Bruschi, the three-time Super Bowl champion and now an ESPN analyst, suffered a stroke Thursday.

According to a statement from his foundation, Bruschi is recovering well.

According to the American Stroke Association, TIA stands for transient ischemic attack and is considered a mini-stroke but also a "major warning" that can foreshadow a full-blown stroke. "He recognized the warning signs immediately: arm weakness, face drooping and speech difficulties".

This isn't the first time Bruschi endured a stroke, having survived one days after participating in the 2005 Pro Bowl. The family asked for privacy at this time. He had a procedure to fix that hole and sat out the start of the 2005 season before returning to play in nine games that year.

Bruschi, now 46, played for the Patriots his entire career, winning three Super Bowls before retiring after the 2008 season.

Since that year, he has been a vocal advocate for stroke awareness and prevention.

Bruschi joined ESPN as an analyst shortly after his retirement.

Bruschi's family took to Instagram to offer an update on the former player, saying that he was aware of what was happening to him and got help immediately.

Bruschi uses his platform to educate people on the signs of a stroke and has a Boston Marathon team run for his cause every year.

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