FOXBORO -- Less than two weeks after he was named to the College Football Hall of Fame, Tedy Bruschi was selected Tuesday as the lastest inductee into the Patriots Hall of Fame.
Bruschi, who was on a ballot with former coach Chuck Fairbacks and former offensive tackle Leon Gray, as selected by a 19-person nominating committee of experts, won the fan voting, which began last month. He is the 19th player, and 21st member, of the Patriots Hall. He and long-time radio play-by-play announcer Gil Santos will be inducted in a ceremony on Sunday, Aug. 11 that is open to the public.Bruschi will also be honored during a halftime ceremony at the 2013 home opener when the Patriots host the New York Jets on Thursday, Sept. 12.
“We knew when we drafted him in 1996 that Bruschi was going to be a fan favorite in New England,” Patriots chairman and CEO Robert Kraft said in a statment. “But, he was so much more than that. During the most successful era in the history of the franchise, Tedy was the heart and soul of the defense and proved to be a champion, both on and off the field. He was a high-energy, tenacious defender whose playmaking abilities helped propel the Patriots to three Super Bowl championships in four years. His remarkable and courageous return to the field following a stroke only added to his legend and solidified his place among the most iconic Patriots in franchise history. We look forward to celebrating his induction with our fans.”
Bruschi joins Drew Bledsoe (2011) and Troy Brown (2012) as the only players to be selected by the fans into the Patriots Hall of Fame in their first year of eligibility.
He was originally drafted by the Patriots in the third round in 1996 NFL Draft. During his 13-year career. Bruschi helped propel the Patriots to 11 winning records, 9 playoff appearances (including 8 as division champions), 5 conference crowns and 3 Super Bowl titles.
After Bruschi suffered a stroke in February 2005, he dedicated himself to raising funds and awareness to fight stroke along with the American Stroke Association. He established “Tedy’s Team” to help raise funds and awareness to battle stroke, the number one cause of disability in the United States.