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Tedy Bruschi gets in New England Patriots HOF

In a big surprise (sarcasm alert), former New England Patriots star linebacker Tedy Bruschi has been inducted by the fans (which is really us) into the New England Patriots Hall of Fame through the fan vote on the Patriots official site. Bruschi was selected over former Patriots head coach Chuck Fairbanks and former star offensive tackle Leon Gray.

Bruschi isn’t the only new member, though, long-time radio announcer Gil Santos is also an obvious and decorated inductee in the Patriots HOF. It’s been an incredible month for Bruschi, as he was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame two weeks ago after being a star for the Arizona State Sun Devils in an incredible college career.

He went from Arizona State to the New England Patriots in the  third-round of the 1996 NFL Draft and proceeded to become a fan favorite and leader in New England. Bruschi piled up the tackles, accolades, and the clutch plays. He was a huge reason why the Patriots won three Super Bowl titles, and Bruschi continues to put in work in the Boston-area as an NFL analyst and significant contributor to ESPN Boston’s Patriots coverage.

All told, Tedy Bruschi was an obvious selection for the Patriots HOF, and I feel bad for Gray and Fairbanks, since they had to go up against Bruschi in the vote. By the way, I would highly recommend researching more on Gray, because he had a great NFL career that largely went unnoticed. Also, it was another instance of the Patriots appropriately valuing an eventual key member of the franchise more than the Miami Dolphins.

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