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Tedy still feeling that itch

Posted by Albert Breer  June 25, 2010 08:41 AM

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One thing that's helped Bruschi is that he hasn't had to totally unplug himself from football, since he's now working as an NFL analyst at ESPN.

Here's an interesting anecdote I can give you on that ...

Early week in the week during the football season, every week, Bruschi receives a FedEx package from Bristol. In it is a set of DVDs, with every game from that particular week boiled down, with all the commercials and all that cut out.

Bruschi watches every one of them every week. So when he goes on television and talks about all the teams, he's watched every one of their snaps. That's a pretty impressive level of commitment to his new job, and shows part of the reason why he's adapted so quickly to that line of work. He prepares for this profession the same way he prepare for his old one.

Bruschi thought it'd be tough to walk away, so it's nice for him to have that outlet, as well as a strong family life, to ease the transition.

"I didn’t think I’d do so well with it, to tell you the truth," he said. "Maybe the analyst thing has helped me because I still watch games with purpose and look at different ways that I can sort of communicate the things that I see to maybe some people that may not see the things that I see.

"But what’s helped me is the strong relationship I’ve had with my wife at home. We’ve gone through a lot in my 13-year career that it was almost a relief when I finally decided to call it quits so we could move on with our lives."
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