NORTON -- Patriots linebacker Tedy Bruschi is hosting the sixth annual Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital “Tee Up with Tedy Golf Tournament” today at the TPC-Norton. Despite a steady rainfall, the tournament began at about 12:30 p.m.
"It’s sort of Bethpage Black conditions," Bruschi cracked. "We’ll have our own U.S. Open today."
Bruschi touched on the meaning of the day for him, with proceeds benefiting Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital.
"The Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital was key in my rehab, coming back from my stroke," he said. "When they asked me to be a part of their organization and their hospital, it was really a no-brainer for me, because they helped me so much. They gave me a second chance at my career."
Bruschi pointed out that the rehabilitation therapist who worked with him was present at the golf course today, which spoke to the connection that patients develop with their therapists.
"She’s here, and she’s indicative of all the people at Spaulding Hospital who help people get back on their feet," Bruschi said. "To give someone a second chance at life, at something they love to do, is very special.”
Bruschi arrived at the course after finishing a workout at Gillette Stadium. Those workouts are coming to an end for most players.
"The offseason program, we’re finishing up this week. Guys are getting out of town here and there, trying to get some quality time with family and friends, and enjoy themselves a little bit while staying in shape also," Bruschi said. "It’s sort of difficult this time of year because it’s your last break, but you know you’re about to start training camp so you still have to train. It sort of pulls you in both directions.”
Bruschi has no getaway plans, although he said a trip to Cape Cod is always a possibility.