In 2007 Bruschi wrote Never Give Up: My Stroke, My Recovery, and My Return to the NFL, a book about his experience with his stroke and his recovery.
In his memoir, Bruschi speaks with candor about how his family confronted the reality of his life-threatening affliction, of his initial plans to retire from the NFL, and of the moment he told his wife he was ready to return to football, earning him a share of the Comeback Player of the Year Award and the Patriots recipient of the Ed Block Courage Award.
Bruschi is a spokesman for the American Heart Association and founded Tedy's Team, a foundation to raise funds for stroke research, inspired by Bruschi's own experience.
In 2007 Bruschi was named to NFL.com's All-Interview Team for accessibility to the media.
In 2006 he won both the Senator Paul E. Tsongas Award for Exemplary Public Service and was an Rhode Island Italian-American Hall of Fame Inductee.
In 2005 he was the Associated Press NFL Co-Comeback Player of the Year and was voted the Ed Block Courage Award, the Maxwell Football Club's Spirit Award and the AFC Defensive Player of the Week (Week 8) and NFL.com's All-Interview Team as well as USA Today's All-Joe Team.
In 2004 he made the AFC Pro Bowl and Second-Team Associated Press All-Pro and thrice won the AFC Defensive Player of the Week: (Week 4)(Week 17) and (Divisional Playoffs), he also was on NFL.com's All-Interview Team.