May 7, 2013 5:17 PM
One of the most feared defenders of his era as a member of the storied "Desert Swarm" defense, Tedy Bruschi concluded his career at Arizona tied for the NCAA FBS record in career sacks with 52 quarterback takedowns. He becomes the fourth Wildcat to enter the College Football Hall of Fame.
A two-time All-American (1994 - consensus, 1995 - unanimous), Bruschi's celebrated senior season included the 1995 Pac-10 Defensive Player of the Year title and winning the Morris Trophy as the league's best defensive lineman. He was a two-time finalist for the Lombardi Award and graduated with 74 tackles for loss, which ranked sixth in FBS history. Bruschi was named all-conference three times, and he led the Wildcats to three bowl berths under coach Dick Tomey.
The San Francisco native was a third-round selection by the New England Patriots in the 1996 NFL Draft. Bruschi enjoyed a 13-year career, winning three Super Bowls with the franchise. The Pro Bowler was named the Associated Press' Comeback Player of the Year in 2005 following a stroke.
A committed spokesman and advocate for stroke survivors, Bruschi founded Tedy's Team, in conjunction with the American Stroke Association, which has raised more than $1.5 million. He wrote a book, "Never Give Up: My Stroke, My Recovery, and My Return to the NFL," detailing his NFL comeback after his own stroke in 2005. Bruschi is also an active participant in the Make-A-Wish Foundation, granting wishes for numerous children through the organization. Bruschi currently works as an NFL analyst on ESPN.