With tonight's news that Tedy Bruschi will announce his retirement, the following thoughts came to the forefront:
Full tilt, full time. Bruschi's style of play was fiery and full of passion. He brought exceptional energy into the huddle and into the locker room. He simply had fun, as if he was playing on the street in his hometown of Roseville, California.
Recovering from a stroke. Bruschi's remarkable return to football was an inspiration to many. He toured the country this offseason as a motivational speaker.
Lasting images. Two lasting images of Bruschi was television pictures of him playing with his children before the Super Bowl, and him holding up three fingers after the Super Bowl win over the Eagles while holding up a newspaper that had a screaming headline "Dynasty!".
Lifetime Patriot. Bruschi took great pride in playing his entire career as a Patriot. He once told the story of how he visited Green Bay in free agency and all he could think of when he walked in the door was how they beat the Patriots in the Super Bowl. He knew within minutes he wasn't signing with them.
Helping establish a winning culture. Over 13 seasons, Bruschi was part of nine playoff seasons, eight division championships, five conference titles and three Super Bowl crowns.