“I was standing next to Parcells, we were in the bubble, and Parcells said, ‘Who’s that Mexican guy?’ That always stuck out,” Kraft said. “We’re big believers in trying to keep certain players as long as we can. He was one of those guys who wanted to play here his whole career.”
It has been a good month for Bruschi: Two weeks ago, it was announced that he would be inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame.
Bruschi and longtime play-by-play voice Gil Santos will be inducted into the Patriots Hall Aug. 11.
Ben Volin of the Globe staff contributed to this report; Shalise Manza Young reported from Foxborough. Shalise Manza Young can be reached at email@example.com. Ben Volin can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org