Tedy Bruschi

  • Sport: Football
  • Decade Inducted: 00s

In his 13 seasons as a linebacker for the New England Patriots, Tedy Bruschi won three Super Bowl rings and was a two-time All-Pro selection. Born in 1973, Bruschi played college football for the University of Arizona, and was a two-time consensus All-American and was drafted by the New England Patriots in the third round of the 1996 NFL Draft.

Bruschi is the only player in NFL history to return four consecutive interceptions for touchdowns and his career total of four interceptions returned for touchdowns ranks second in Patriots history. He is tied for fourth in NFL history among linebackers, and Bruschi is the only Patriots linebacker to return multiple interceptions for touchdowns in a single season (2002 and 2003).

Bruschi retired on August 31, 2009. He joined ESPN as an analyst following his retirement. Bruschi, of Filipino and Italian descent, is also an accomplished saxophonist and has played with the Boston Pops.

He was inducted into the National Italian American Sports Hall of Fame in 2011.