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Former Patriots LB Tedy Bruschi says he’s ‘doing much better’ after suffering stroke

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ESPN analyst and former New England Patriots linebacker Tedy Bruschi suffered his second stroke last week, but fortunately, he says he is improving and has taken to Instagram to discuss the situation.

Bruschi’s first stroke came all the way back in 2005 not long after playing in the Pro Bowl. He would then go on to play four more NFL seasons before announcing his retirement in 2008.

Now 46 years old, Bruschi played 13 years in the NFL, with all of that time coming with the New England Patriots.

The San Francisco native, who played his collegiate football at the University of Arizona, was originally selected by the Patriots in the third round (86th pick overall) of the 1996 NFL Draft.

Bruschi did not become a full-time starter until his fourth season in the league in 1999, when he totaled 107 tackles, a couple of sacks, an interception, a forced fumble, a fumble recovery, and eight passes defended.

Two years later in 2001, Bruschi went on to win his first Super Bowl title, recording 75 tackles, a pair of sacks, two picks, three forced fumbles, and a fumble recovery.

Overall, Bruschi went on to win three Super Bowl championships in New England, also capturing titles during the 2003-04 and 2004-05 campaigns.

He made one Pro Bowl in 2004 courtesy of racking up 122 tackles, 3.5 sacks, three interceptions, a couple of forced fumbles and six passes defended.

Bruschi then proceeded to win Comeback Player of the Year in 2005, as he appeared in nine contests and posted 62 tackles, two sacks and a forced fumble following the stroke he had suffered earlier that year.