Tedy Bruschi, Another Ultimate Patriot

JohnContributor IAugust 31, 2009

I still remember the day Larry Whigam blocked a punt against the Baltimore Ravens and "some kid" named Tedy Bruschi picked it up in the end zone and scored his first Touchdown, Immediately grabbing a spot in Patriots fans hearts.  It  wasn't long before he was taking over Todd Collins' spot at ROLB, and of course before long, he'd move to the inside when Ted Johnson was forced to retire, because that's where the team needed him most.

Tedy Bruschi, a true Patriot......

He served as his own agent, just to save himself and the team a few bucks on contracts.  If we'd have asked him to punt, he'd have asked where the kicking shoes were.....and never ever would he have complained about it. Anything that would help the team, he would do.....including stepping aside when he felt the team may be better served having the young guys get some time in. 

I think there's something to be said that we have had 2 players (Bruschi and Troy Brown) recently retire having played their entire, lengthy, successfull careers with the New England Patriots. Neither may be HOF material, but both earn spots in the Pats Hall easily, and both grabbed spots on the 50th anniversary team, as well they should......and in terms of what they meant to this team and this franchise, they may have done just as much to earn a spot in the HOF as any other legend of the NFL. Neither made massive amounts of money, neither felt they needed to......but both did whatever was asked, whenever it was asked....and both played a major, major part in not only the 3 Super Bowls they won, but also getting this team to Super Bowl 31 in '96 and their incredible run in '07. I also don't think its a coincidence that the 3 Super Bowls that were won, were during, Argueably, the primes of both of these player's careers.

Troy Brown last season, now this year Rodney Harrison and Tedy Bruschi. Very sad to see these guys go, but at the same time you have to be proud to see them hang it up as a Patriot, and never even think of donning the hated Jets green.
Its clear the Patriots have turned a page and are moving forward with a new generation, and no longer can you say the Pats defense is old, in fact they now rely greatly on youth, its the young guys time to shine......