Former UA football player Tedy Bruschi suffers stroke

ESPN NFL analyst and former New England Patriots linebacker Tedy Bruschi suffered a stroke on Thursday

Getty Images ESPN NFL analyst and former New England Patriots linebacker Tedy Bruschi suffered a stroke on Thursday

Tedy Brushi, the former New England Patriots linebacker and current ESPN commentator, is recovering after suffering a stroke on Thursday - his second in the last 14 years.

Bruschi, 46, suffered a mild stroke in February 2005, just weeks after he and the Patriots had defeated the Philadelphia Eagles in Super Bowl XXXIX, but he recovered and played in nine games during the 2005 National Football League season.

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'Yesterday afternoon, Tedy had a stroke, known as a TIA [Transient Ischemic Attack],' read the statement issued by his family on Friday.

Tedy's Team is the foundation Bruschi started in 2005 after he suffered a stroke at the age of 31, when he suffered a stroke days after the 2005 Super Bowl. Since then, he's been a fierce advocate for early detection of strokes and has shared his story with thousands of people. He recognized his warnings immediately: arm weakness, face drooping and speech difficulties.

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In his professional career, he played for the New England Patriots for 13 seasons, winning three Super Bowls. Back in 2005, Bruschi suffered a stroke and missed six games only to return eight months later. The family asked for privacy at this time.

Everyone at PFT wishes Bruschi a complete recovery.

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Bruschi created a running club called Tedy's Team to raise funds and awareness for the American Stroke Association. He has run the Boston Marathon three times, including this year's.

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