The Patriots' media relations department passed along transcripts from today's Tedy Bruschi retirement ceremony at Gillette Stadium. Click on a link below to read a specific person, or click the "full entry" button to read it all.
"Well, I want to welcome everyone here today, especially Heidi [Bruschi]. I think that is a great sense of partnership and she has been a full partner along the way, we know that. Our family has owned the team for 15 seasons and thereís only one player now on the team who has been here for all five Super Bowls, and of course that is Tedy Bruschi. He holds the franchise record for most appearances in post-season games with 22. Tedy embodies everything we want the Patriot brand to stand for: hard work, perseverance, overachievement, and selfless commitment to team first. Heís handled every stage of his career with great class.
"Iím mindful of the example he has meant to the young people who have come in here. Last year at training camp I asked Jerod Mayo how heís doing and he said, ĎYou know Iím doing fine. Iím just trying to emulate Tedy Bruschi and everything he does: how he handles himself on the practice field, how he handles himself watching tape, and how he interacts with people.í I think that says it all right there.
"For me personally, I have two lasting images of Tedy, one as a player and one as a family man. The player image was in the Miami game in í03, when he set an NFL record taking four interceptions for touchdowns. He went into the end zone on his knees with that great interception and that motivated the crowd to all of a sudden throw snow up into the air, and it was just a great, iconic moment, I think, for New England sports fans. It forever will last in our memory, and I know all of yours. The other image is down in Jacksonville [Super Bowl XXXIX], when a few hours before game time when most of the players were spending a lot of time getting their game faces on and doing difficult things in their minds, Tedy was frolicking on the field with [his sons] Rex and T.J. For those of us who have children and you want to share special moments with them, that just brought it all together, and also will be one of those lasting images that he has given us. I want to thanks Tedy for being the consummate Patriot and a true, iconic legend that will always be with us and be part of our family. And I know Coach Belichick would like to say a few words."
"Well, thank you. Iíll try. You know, Iíve had the privilege of coaching a lot of great players and leaders in the National Football League, and Iíll just put Tedy up there with all of them and above all of them. Thereís no player that I think epitomizes more of what I believe a player should be on the field, off the field, really, in every situation.
"Itís funny because Tedyís first year here was my first year in í96 when Bill [Parcells] drafted him in third round out of Arizona. [He was] the all-time Pac-10 sack leader coming into the NFL [and] weíre going to make him a linebacker. We donít really know what to do with him. Weíve never seen him do anything but rush the passer, but we didnít really think he could do that at this position in this league, so he became a player that transformed himself from a great, great college player to a great NFL player. It was completely different and thatís pretty unusual, thatís pretty rare, and it takes a pretty special guy to do that. And of course all along the way he heard Ďtoo small,í Ďtoo slow,í Ď too this,í Ďtoo thatí and just kept getting better and better and working harder and out-working and out-competing pretty much every body that he faced. It didnít make any difference who it was Ė faster backs, bigger linemen, big tackles, athletic tight ends Ė he found a way to compete and more importantly, win, in those competitive matchups, in the kicking game, and in all areas of his defensive responsibilities. And so I donít think Iíve ever seen a player do what heís done, really Ė to be as great of a college player as he was and then to, as I said, to morph into a great professional player in so many different ways, but still bringing the same qualities. Itís really remarkable. Itís truly special. A couple words I would use to describe Tedy: again, the epitome of everything you want in a football player. The two things that, of all his strengths, that really stand out to me were his instinctiveness and his passion.
"It didnít matter what Tedy did, he had a great passion for it. If it was lifting weights, sprints, practice, watching film, he was always upbeat, always positive, always working hard, but he brought a passionate level to the game that helped carry the rest of us, even in some of the times you might want to kind of step back a little bit or things werenít going the way we wanted them to go. Especially like in the 2001 season, as an example, he was always positive. Instinctively he justÖ I donít know how to put it other than to say, he always did the right thing. [He] knew when to be serious ,knew when to laugh, knew when to be tough, knew when to back off and play smart, knew when it was a screen, knew when to strip the ball, knew when to make the tackle. One of the all-time classic plays... Thereís almost never a play that happens exactly the way you draw it up, but the interception in Detroit on Thanksgiving  was exactly the way it was drawn up. It was unbelievable. Thereís never a play like that and that was one, especially defensively. Tedy and I have gone through a lot personally and professionally, and weíve had a lot of man-on-man heart-to-heart talks, some good, some not so good. Heís very professional, very honest.
"What you see publicly and in the media is what we get every day. Itís awesome. Itís just awesome. When Tedy first came into the league and was working his way into a role and eventually into a starting, every-down linebacker, every-down player, All-Pro player, he worked harder than anybody. And when he was achieving success, he worked harder than everybody. Weíve all had to overcome something along the way. Whether it be minor or major, he always stepped up to the plate and hit it out of the park. Doesnít matter what the challenge was, what he had to do, who he had to cover, who was trying to block him, he stepped up and he met it.
"There are so many great moments and weíve seen them all up on the [highlight] film. There are probably 800 plays that we could choose from and on that tape, maybe thereís 15, 20 of them, whatever there are. You could go on and on. I think of the short yardage play against Oakland , the interception in the Super Bowl [XXXIX], the Miami game , the Detroit game , and all the other plays, the plays that nobody sees: the kickoff returns, the punt coverages, the checks on the line of scrimmage. Instinctively on the field and instinctively off the field, thereís just no other way for me to describe it other than he always did the right thing. Whatever was the right thing at that moment, it seemed like he always hit it right on the head.
"And ultimately, when we won Ė which fortunately weíve done a little of that Ė at the end of the game, Tedy had the great presence to pull the team together, and as only you could do, sum up everybodyís feelings at that moment. ĎHow do we feel about winning on Monday night?í ĎHow do we feel about winning on the road?í ĎHow do we feel about going into the bye week with a big victory?í ĎHow do we feel about where we were at that moment?í He always captured it perfectly, so I guess, if you ask me to sum up how I feel about Tedy Bruschi in five seconds: heís the perfect player, perfect player. Heís helped create a tradition here that weíre all proud of. The torch has been passed, and weíll try to carry it on. Itís a high standard. Itís a high standard. Iím proud of everything he did and the payout that heís paid for all of us going forward. I donít want to say weíll miss him because I know heís going to be here and heís going to be around, and I know heís always a part of us, but weíll still miss him."
"Iím going to try my best. Iím going to try my best, right now, to describe how Iím feeling today. After 13 years, 13 years of NFL football, 13 years of Patriot football, Iím retiring. Thatís difficult to say and itís difficult to do, to stand up here before you and say that. But over my career, I worked so hard to have this day [be] more of a celebration. More of like a celebration because this would be so much harder for me if there was more that I wanted to accomplish, if there were any more goals that were left on the table. I think of everything that I ever wanted to achieve in this game, and I was able to achieve those goals. Now, if you want to talk about the one, the one goal I did not achieve, that was winning a fourth championship. I think thatís a pretty good goal not to achieve. Knowing I have three previous ones, I think Iíll let that one go. We got guys in the locker room now thatíll carry that torch, like coach said, and hopefully get that.
"But all the goals I ever had to accomplish, whether it was turning myself into a linebacker from a defensive lineman or winning championships, every playerís career, every player thatís in that locker roomís career is going to have a beginning, a middle and an end. Today is my end. Today is my end. I can say that today and when you look back at your career you hope that you had one moment, a lot of people would have just one moment to sort of grasp, hold onto and say, ĎThis was it. This was the one. This was the one that I will always remember.í I am very fortunate to have more than one. Iím very fortunate to have multiple moments like that. Iíve had so many of those moments, whether itís winning championships or having a good time on the road with the guys, having memories that you wonít forget, things that are said and experiences that are shared.
"I spoke withÖMan, I spoke with a lot of my teammates yesterday, individually, on the phone to let them know what was happening today and to know where I was in my career. The one word that I used, I found myself using this word with all of my teammates pretty much, is fulfilled - fulfilled with my career, fulfilled with all of the moments that I had. A feeling that Ė man, I did everything I set out to do. Itís a good feeling. To me, this is a celebration today for my wife, for myself, for my family, for my sons, right now, who are at home Ė who would rather play with their transformers than come and sit in the front row Ė itís a celebration. Iím in a great place. Iím in a great place. I feel great today.
"I told Bill [Belichick] this. I told Mr. Kraft this. My wife knows this. But in the end, where do you start? Where do you start to say thank you for all the help and support that you received over your career? Thatís pretty easy; Where I start is with Heidi, my wife. My wife that is here in the front row, thatís been here ever since the beginning. It would have been a lot easier if I had your average, everyday, ordinary career, but I didnít. There were the highest of highs and the lowest of lows. I didnít just come in here, get drafted as a rookie, play a little bit, do well and then ĎOK, today is your day.í I had a different career. I think I had moments in my life that were shared in front of these cameras and on that field, whether it was with my kids or coming out of Mass General Hospital, that Iíll always remember for the rest of my life, and all of New England and the fans will remember for the rest of my life, and Heidi was with me through all of those moments.
"To Mr. Kraft and the organization Ė I developed a relationship with Mr. Kraft early on in my career and I thought, Ďyeah, this guy is a great owner.í Heís a great boss to have. I think at around 2005 is when I really started considering him a member of my family. The moments we would have in his office and speak about decisions that should be made, how things should be handled, howís your life at this particular moment in time. The mantra that he always gave me for a long time was measure nine times and cut once. This decision Iíve probably measured 900 times and today Iím using the scissors. Mr. Kraft and the organization, I would like to express a sincere thank you.
"My coach, my coach Bill Belichick Ė thatís the way I refer to him, Ďmy coach,í because I feel like Iím in that team meeting sometimes and I hear him speak and I swear itís the same thing that I would say. Itís the same thing that I would say. I would come into certain meetings and I would think, or certain weeks, that this is a week where we need to do this or this is a week where this needs to be said or certain emphasis points need to me made. I always try to anticipate what Billís going to say before he says it, just sort of being prepared, and lo and behold, I will shake my head in the back of the room because heís saying the same things that Iíve already thought about going into that weekís opponent. He turned me into a champion. Yes, I knew how to play linebacker and I knew how to play. [Bill] Parcells came in, [Pete] Carroll came in, but I didnít know how to win until Bill came in here. He taught me how to win. He taught everyone in that locker room how to win, not just go out there and play well. You can go out there and roll your helmet out there and even though it has a Patriot logo on it, do you think theyíre going to lay down? Theyíre not. You still gotta play. You still gotta play and he taught us that. Coach, thank you forÖYou talk about the 800 plays that you could have put up there for what my career encapsulated. There are 800 things that I could talk about to thank you for what youíve taught me. Thank you so much for being who you are.
"I hope that people in New England realize who they have here Ė who they have in the head coach. I consider myself a football historian. I like to read. I like to see where this game came from. You are looking at something special. When I walk into this facility and that office is on the left, I know I better come ready to work and this guy is going to have this team ready to win because heís up there. I hope you realize what you have, thatís all I have to say. Heís that great and I felt it a privilege to learn under him for all of these years.
"My teammates, my teammates Ė I talked to a lot of them, individually, like I was saying and manÖ Co-workers, teammates, fellow coaches Ė the moments you have with me are endless, they are endless. And I did a good job the last few years because I was never scared to just look at somebody and say how I felt about you. If I didnít like you Ė I would tell you how I felt about you. If I loved you Ė I would tell you I loved you. It wasnít that hard for me, so I donít feel like I have a lot of goodbyeís to say because they all know how I feel about them. But I think that something very important that I say is about the fans in New England and what theyíve done for me.
"Like I was saying earlier, I feel like my career was different than a lot of other players and also different with my relationship with the fans. They saw me come in here as an underdog and all the things I had to do to become successful, to be a player first by learning what a hook drop was to play linebacker. I had never taken a drop in my life and to talk about cover two was new to me Ė I didnít even know where to go. From starting there, all the way to becoming who I was: a contributor, then a major contributor and a champion.
"The fans took that journey with me. Having a stroke in 2005 and in my mind being retired and then having to come back, they experienced that with me too. And I could name names. I could name fansí names to you that I have relationships with now that, whether he was 11 years old in my rookie year of training camp and I saw him three weeks ago and heís a 25 year old man now. The fans that Iíve had such a relationship with that still send me an email now and then. I have personal relationships with a lot of them and the support they gave me, if I could tell everyone of you individually I would that, thank you for the support you gave me and in times of good and the highest of highs and those lows, too, you were there for me and it helped. It helped get me back. It helped keep me up. Knowing the appreciation that you had for me really helped me consider continuing to play in the year 10, 11, 12, 13.
"Being a Patriot my entire career Ė I am very proud of that. I am very proud of [it]. Heidi was my girlfriend in 1996; we werenít married yet and I got drafted by the Patriots. I looked at her in our little apartment and I said, ĎIíd like to stay with this team my entire career.í I was tired of player movement. I was tired of coachsí movement. I was just tired of it. I couldnít keep track of what my favorite teams were anymore. I said, ĎI want to be the one that stays there the entire time. I donít care what it encapsulates or what I have to do.í Iím very proud to say I did that. I think the last thing I want to say is a couple of the thank yous that I donít want to forget.
"My brother, Tony, my brother Tony who always gave me those pushes when I needed them. We are very similar people and he knew when I was down and he knew when I needed a kick in the butt. Tony Ė thanks man.
"My agent Brad Blank did a great job for me, and also someone that doesnít get thanked a lot in this organization, but really does countless hours of work and keeps us on the field is Jim Whalen and his training staff. I know what good of a job he does, to keep me on the field for 13 years in one piece. I donít know, Jim, if youíre hearing this, but I appreciate it Ė Jimbo and your staff with Joe [Van Allen] and Dave Granito. I really appreciate that. They donít get thanked a lot.
"When you come in this facility thereís a sign, thereís a sign and the most important part of that sign I read. I read it all, but thereís one part of it thatís important and Bill does a great job of always emphasizing this and youíve heard him say it. It says, ĎDo your job.í Do your job. Well, I did my job for 13 years and now my job is done. My jobís done, Bill. Iím looking forward to living the rest of my life, I really am. Thanks.
Q: Bill Belichick called you the perfect player. Coming from him, what does that mean?
TB: Well, Iíve had a lot of conversations with Bill, but certain things are only said in certain situations and thatís something youíll never hear during your career. So itís a tremendous compliment because thatís always what we [strive to] achieve during the week when he gives us our goals on offense, our goals on defense, our goals on special teams. Those goals arenít always met, but we still win. We may lose the turnover battle and still win. We may have 50 yards in penalties and still win. So that word perfect is something thatís really achieved on the football field, so to have him say that to me, thatís probably the best compliment he could ever give me.
Q: When you were drafted coming out of college, you let your mind wander about what kind of career you were going to have and goals you set. How did the reality of your career exceed those goals?
TB: Well, my goal initially to come in was make a team. And having that background of coming from nothing and having the odds up against me coming out of the third round Ė third rounds a good pick. You get a little signing bonus, itís cool. Coming in here and still not knowing what to do, you still have that doubt of, am I going to make this team. That was always my goal, so I kept that goal every year. I kept that goal every year. It just reminded me of where I came from, of where I came from and where you should always be. In our team meetings, I always refer to these team meetings because I write down what this man says, I listen to what this man says and we talk about being a player and he says certain things sometimes that you know are for younger players Ė about making the team, about finding your role on the team, but throughout my career I always thought that applied to me. Everything he always said, I applied it to myself no matter what situation I was in. I was a starter every down, heís talking about making the team, finding a role, you have to redo that every year and that was my goal. And so, exceeding my expectations to making the team, to continuing to be a part of 13 teams, like I said, goals achieved and career fulfilled.
Q: Have you had a chance to think about what is next?
TB: Whatís next. Iíll tell you what, this morning I woke up and put out the trash. Iím real life. Iím ready to live life. I think thatís just who I am. Iím just regular. Iím just regular. Whatever comes, Iíll listen to it. If I like it, yes. If I donít, no. I think thatís just the way you have to handle things. In the meantime, Iím a 36 year old father of three and Iím looking forward to playing that new role in my life.
Q: Can you tell us how you arrived at this situation? Did you just wake up Sunday morning or was this something that you were thinking about awhile during this camp?
TB: Itís been in my mind and I think whatís helped me realize this decision is that I woke up and a little secret I can tell you is Iím 36 year old. You realize youíre getting older a little bit. Your body doesnít heel as quickly as it does. Youíve heard this all before about guys when you get older in your career, you have to maintain a little bit harder, a little bit longer, do a little bit more than you usually have to do. You start to feel it a little bit and like I said, it would be tougher for me to do this if I didnít have so much that Iíve accomplished. If I wanted to hang on and go get that championship. If I wanted to hang on Ė I want to do this, I want to do that. Well, Iíve made sure during my years when I was feeling great and I was in my early 30ís, late 20ís, early 20ís that I was giving it all then, so right now at this moment I could feel good about myself. I feel great about myself right now.
Q: What will you miss the most about game days?
TB: Well, you work all week for one day. Itís not baseball. Itís not basketball where you have all those games, so Sunday is a culmination of all the work that you put in during the week and that was just an explosion of passion for me, to let that out and have that release. To be a part of an effort amongst a lot of men to go out there and achieve one goal. I think thatís what Iíll miss the most about Sundayís.
Q: You talk about being a football historian and where the game is and where it was. Where were the Patriots when you arrived in 1996 Ė small stadium, they never won a championship. They werenít then what they are now. What were your initial thought about this franchise?
TB: My initial thoughts on their franchise, to tell you the truth, was I was grateful to have an opportunity. I didnít care what the stadium looked like. I didnít care what the field was. I didnít care if there were silver bleachers, this was football. I didnít need Patriot Place back then. All I needed was a field. Thatís all I needed. Itís funny. My development as a player has coincided this development as an organization and how itís grown with the new stadium and winning Super Bowls, tearing down stadiums, building another one, winning more and with that my ability of playing also progressed up that way. The growth of this organization now, to see out there on Route 1 is Ė I correlate it with the growth I had as a player. It makes me feel that much more connected to the logo on the side of the helmet.
Q: In one of the things youíve done throughout your career is find that moment and creating the big play that changes the course of the game, or make the big stop that makes other things happen. Where did you find that inside yourself all these years?
TB: I literally had a progression for myself coming into the league. Early on, learning how to play linebacker. I know how to play linebacker now, OK, play every down [at] linebacker. OK, now that you know how to play every day linebacker, be a big play linebacker and make plays that change games. I started to do that and my next progression, my final progression was OK, a linebacker that played every down that made the biggest plays in the biggest games. Those were goals of mine that I set out to really make that progression as a player. Early on in my career, I was making plays, but as I learned, made goals for myself and projected those for myself, thatís when I really started to think about those things. Alright, I know how to play now. I know what this defense calls for. I know it inside and out now Ė how can I make that, where can I get that for me to be the best opportunity I can possibly have to make a big play and then make those big plays in the most important times, in the biggest games.
Q: In what shape do you leave this group of linebackers?
TB: I think, as good as I am going to be without them there are going to be just as good without me. Jerod Mayoís a great player. Heís going to be a great leader. I talked to him yesterday and felt privileged to be around him for a year and a half. He himself has the desire just to be good and thatís great. From the first meeting, all the questions he would ask me and how he would be next to me on the practice field and pick my brain. I knew this was a kid that it really meant a lot to. Gary Guyton Ė these guys are friends of mine, too. I got to form relationships with them: Gary Guyton, Pierre Woods, Adalius Thomas, Eric Alexander Ė all of these guys are ready. Theyíre ready to play. Theyíre excited about this season. I think they are in great hands.
Q: Youíve been through training camp and you live close by, if the phone rings in November, do you pick it up?
TB: Bill and I had this conversation actually. Bill and I had a great conversation yesterday and I donít know if my answer to that was Ďdonít call me.í I think, like I said, if I was in a different situation, there would be a different answer to that. If there was more I wanted to achieve, to come back and do more, then I would welcome that. But like I was saying, I made sure during my career when I was on the team, when I did have that opportunity, when I was there playing every day, thatís when I made sure Iím going to take advantage of my opportunity now. Iím not going to wish when Iím done that I did more.
Q: Looking back, are you surprise and proud that you played four solid years after having a stroke?
TB: Yes, I am. Yes, I am. I think what makes this day a little bit easier for me is that experience that I had in 2005. I think after that experience, having a stroke in í05 after the Pro Bowl, I was retired. I was retired. I didnít think it was possible. The thought of playing professional football after experiencing a stroke, I mean, is that a statement you hear every day? Itís not. Itís not, so that was something I didnít think was possible. To come back and play four seasons after that, to do things that I had never done before, even before the stroke Ė I think prior to my stroke I had never led the team in tackles. I think four or five times I was second or something to some guy named [Rodney] Harrison or [Lawyer] Milloy or whatever. I did it twice after that, so those were small victories that really told myself, Ďman, I did accomplish coming back and playing good football for the team again.í
Q: Do you have a detailed memory of that 2002 interception against Detroit on Thanksgiving that Bill Belichick mentioned?
TB: Yeah. Oh yeah. [It was] one of the plays that didnít have as much celebration as the Miami play, but to me, in terms of moments, how can you beat that moment? The Miami game [was] for the AFC East title of the division, but that play [against Detroit] for me was indicative of where I had come as a player, because it was a blitz and I was rushing, which is what I always did in college. But as youíre rushing, I had to recognize the pass protection. And if you recognize the pass protection as itís coming to you, then you drop back into pass coverage, which is what I had learned since being here. When youíre dropping back in pass coverage, look and read the route and see if thereís a hot route thatís going to be thrown because you know the blitzer is coming from the other side. Reading while youíre in pass coverage [was] another thing I had to learn. So you see the hot, now youíve got to look back. Youíve got to look back and see if the ball is coming because you think the quarterback is going to throw it because he has to because your blitzer is coming from the other side. This is all the thought process that goes on on that one play. Like Bill said, you draw it up, but you donít ever think itís going to happen, but maybe parts of it or maybe three out of four parts. And there was the ball. And thereís my moment of making the plays that change games. There it was, the final moment, my final progression as a player: reach up, catch it, run for a touchdown.
Q: You said Bill Belichick taught you how to become a champion. What exactly goes into that and what did he teach you that other coaches couldnít?
TB: All coaches believe they know how to prepare. Thatís the word that you hear in coachesí press conferences all the time. Weíve got to prepare. Weíve got to prepare for the opponent and weíve just got to look ahead. Theyíre words that are easy to say, but theyíre [not] easy to implement to your team. There are ways of presenting them to your team. There are different ways players learn, either visually or on the field, what type of speeds they learn at. Every aspect is covered here. The way that he prepares us to win, and not only to be prepared for the opponent, but how to conduct yourself while youíre doing it, and how not to become a distraction to your teammates, not a distraction to the organization Ė to just focus on one thing, and thatís your job and preparing to do it and do it well, and when the situation presents itself, when thereíre two minutes in the game, to do it then under pressure situations. We cover that in practice too, so everything is covered here in a way thatís conducive to teaching a player how to win and win the big games.
Q: Is there one moment in your career that stands out to you?
TB: I think this is my favoriteÖIím so happy that I can answer this question this way. The answer is no. The answer is no. There is no one moment. Iím so glad there wasnít just one moment. There were multiple. There were multiple, and for me to talk about one would cheapen the others. They go from those moments that are special to meÖfor the people that know me, it goes all the way from the greatest that everyone thinks are the greatest, to the littlest ones. Like Bill was talking about the Detroit play and there are other plays that other people donít know about. Whether I slipped a guard and made a tackle or something like that ĎMan, that was a great play,í and only the coaching staff and I saw it. No one knew it, but I thought that was pretty good. So no, the answer is no. There isnít one moment and Iíll never have just one moment. Iím very fortunate to have so many.
Q: You talked about wanting to stay with this organization for your entire career, but with the business aspect of things that can be very difficult. At any point did you ever doubt that would actually happen?
TB: I was a free agent once. I was a free agent at one point Ė one or two points Ė but I ended up actually taking trips and I took trips to Seattle and to Cleveland and to Green Bay. In Green Bay, the minute I walked in there and saw the Super Bowl trophy from í96, I knew I wasnít going there, so that decision was easy. It came down to Ė I think people want to move, to change teams because they want to fix their problems an easy way. Itís either, ĎMan, I didnít like this coach,í ĎI didnít like this situation,í ĎI didnít like the way they used me,í or ĎI think itís going to be better somewhere else, so Iím going to try this place.í I learned that Iíd rather stay in one place and fix the problems that were there myself; It would feel more gratifying. Iíd rather right the ship that jump ship, and thatís something that I always tell myself: to stay the course and yes, there are problems and there are relationships that you might have to deal with with certain people that maybe you donít get along with. Fix it. Fix it. Do something to make your situation in the place that you want to be in better, rather than running and going somewhere else.
Q: Do you plan on settling in New England?
TB: Yes. Yes, I do. Iíve been here 13, 14 years and itís the longest time that Iíve sort of been in one place living. I told all the fellas, I told Bill, Mr. Kraft, íIíll be down the street. Iíll be down the street if you ever need me. Give me a call. Text me up if you ever want to get together, fellas.í The reactions I got were mixed. Itís like, ĎOh, man. Youíre retiring,í and Iím like ĎYeah! Iím retiring. Itís good. Itís a great day for me.í Iím in a great place and when I get congratulations from people, Iím happy about that. You know, a lot of times you receive congratulations on things and itís, ĎThanks. Thanks. We won the game. Yeah, thatís great,í but to receive congratulations today is different. I really feel like this is a day that we Ė Heidi and I Ė celebrate. To all the people that have said congratulations to me and are wishing it for me, I thank you. Thank you everybody.