Beloved Patriots linebacker Tedy Bruschi will announce his retirement Monday morning during a 10:45 a.m. press conference, ending his against-all-odds career after 13 NFL seasons.
The development is not entirely unexpected – when he missed over a week’s worth of training camp with no apparent injury, it seemed possible that he was being given time to assess whether he wanted to continue his pursuit of a 14th pro season.
It is also probable that Bill Belichick informed Bruschi that he would not be in New England’s plans this season, leading to his decision to call it a career.
A third-round draft pick out of Arizona in 1996, where he became the NCAA’s all-time sacks leader as an undersized defensive end, Bruschi made his bones in New England initially as a special-teams player – his 17 tackles for that unit as a rookie was third on the club.
This is pretty surprising. He’ll be remembered as many fans’ favorite player.