ATTLEBORO – Former New England Patriots linebacker Tedy Bruschi , a fan favorite of the Pats’ faithful,suffered a stroke on Thursday, his second.
“He recognized his warning signs immediately: arm weakness, face drooping and speech difficulties, but Tedy is recovering well,” according to a statement issued Friday by his family. “Tedy and his family thank you for your ongoing encouragement, and kindly ask for privacy at this time.”
Bruschi’s family said he was taken to Sturdy Memorial Hospital in Attleboro, Massachusetts.
Bruschi, now an ESPN analyst, had a stroke in February 2005, just days after playing in Super Bowl XXXIX, won by the Patriots. He was 31 at the time.
He missed the first six weeks of the 2005 season, then played in nine games and won the 2005 NFL Comeback Player of the Year.
Now 46, Bruschi played 13 seasons for the Patriots. He retired before the 2009 season and then went to work for ESPN.
“I had 366 tackles in the NFL as a stroke survivor,” he said on his retirement. “And I’m very proud of that.”
Following his first stroke, Bruschi founded Tedy’s Team to raise money and awareness about strokes. The organization has raised more than $5 million on behalf of the American Stroke Association since its founding.
He has run the Boston Marathon three times, including earlier this year.