FOXBOROUGH -- Reporters had access to the Patriots' locker room today (11:10-11:55 a.m.), and linebacker Tedy Bruschi's locker was still intact. His nameplate remains above the locker, and the locker was filled with belongings.
Tedy Bruschi at his locker. (Stan Grossfeld / Globe File)
This was something I was looking for upon entering the room.
Whenever there is a significant change -- and Bruschi's retirement certainly qualifies -- it is interesting to me to see how the visual aspects of that change are handled. For example, cleaning out the locker immediately could be seen as a bit cold among the rest of the players.
Bruschi's locker is next to one of the exits of the room, and something tells me that spot is going to remain vacant for the rest of the year out of respect to him.
A different, and more tragic example, came following the death of defensive lineman Marquise Hill.
The Patriots left his locker intact throughout the entire season that year. A case dedicated to Hill, including his jersey and various pictures of him, was later erected in the corner of the locker room and is still there today.