This is a great honor for one of my favorite Patriots of all time, Tedy Bruschi. He was a standout at the University of Arizona where he was an extremely dominant defensive tackle and two-time All American. He now has been elected to the College Football Hall Of Fame, it was announced on Tuesday. Bruschi, was one of the three nominees for the Patriots Hall of Fame this year, and was one of twelve newly elected members. For someone who wasn’t highly recruited coming out of high school, Bruschi sure showed over his collegiate and NFL career that he was one of the best to ever play the game.
While at Arizona, he tied the NCAA career mark for sacks and was named the Pac-10’s defensive player of the year in 1995. In four seasons at Arizona, Bruschi tied the Division I-A record for career sacks with 52. He also added 185 tackles, 74 tackles for loss, six forced fumbles and five recovered fumbled to his very impressive resume.
The New England Patriots drafted Bruschi with their third round pick in 1996 and then converted him to linebacker, where he became one of the most popular and productive Patriots of his time. He played a very important role in three Super Bowl championships and was named to the Pro Bowl in 2004.
He finished his 13-year career (all with the Patriots) in 2008, and now works for ESPN as an NFL analyst.
For more on the 2013 class, which also includes Vinny Testaverde and Danny Wuerffel among others, check out this story on ESPN.com.