Bruschi to replace former Patriots' kicker Vinatieri in Papa Gino's ad
Tedy Bruschi is taking former New England Patriots' kicker Adam Vinatieri's spot in the advertising lineup for the Dedham-based Papa Gino's pizza chain.
Bruschi, a star linebacker for the Patriots is taking over as the pitchman for Papa Gino's -- a role previously occupied by Vinatieri, who was signed by the Indianapolis Colts in the off-season -- and will star in two ads promoting the chain's "crowd pleaser" meals. Commercials and print ads featuring Bruschi will run through Dec. 3.
As part of the deal, Papa Gino's is donating $20,000 to Tedy's Team, a charity set up by Bruschi to raise money for stroke awareness and prevention. Bruschi suffered a stroke after the Patriots' 2004 season, but recovered in time to play with the team in 2005.
(By Keith Reed, Globe staff)