Former Patriots linebacker Tedy Bruschi suffers stroke

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Tedy Bruschi was a legend on the New England Patriots when they won their first three Super Bowls back in the early 2000s.

Patriots owner Robert Kraft released a statement Friday expressing "shock" upon learning of Bruschi's stroke, but also admitting relief now that it appears Bruschi is safe and on-track to make a full recovery.

"Thinking about my old teammate Tedy Bruschi today... wishing you a speedy recovery", he wrote, adding, "Quick review: Signs of Stroke (FAST): F..."

Bruschi previously suffered a stroke in February 2005, just days after the Patriots defeated the Philadelphia Eagles in Super Bowl XXXIX. In his book, Bruschi says he briefly considered retiring from football and sat out the 2005 season, but he later announced that he would return and played in several regular season games that season.

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The Tedy's Team Instagram account posted the statement, saying Bruschi suffered a stroke known as a transient ischemic attack. "So he doesn't have any speech difficulties, arm weakness or facial dropping any more so really now it's resting", said Elizabeth Tirrell, executive director of Tedy's Team. The family asked for privacy at this time.

Bruschi, 46, was "recovering well" at Sturdy Memorial Hospital in Attleboro, Mass. He has run the Boston Marathon three times, including in 2019, to raise funds for American Stroke Association. "And I'm very proud of that".

Bruschi joined ESPN as an analyst shortly after his retirement.

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