TUCSON, Ariz. – The University of Arizona Department of Intercollegiate Athletics and The National Football Foundation (NFF) and College Hall of Fame announced today that they will jointly honor Tedy Bruschi with an NFF Hall of Fame On-Campus Salute on Oct. 19, in Tucson, at the Arizona vs. Utah game.
The 2013 College Football Hall of Fame Class will be officially inducted at the 56th NFF Annual Awards Dinner, held at New York City’s historic Waldorf Astoria Hotel on Tuesday, Dec. 10.
Bruschi, his wife, Heidi, an Arizona volleyball letterwoman, and their three sons will be recognized at half time of Saturday’s Utah game. Additionally, Arizona Athletics also announced this week that Bruschi’s jersey will be retired Saturday as part of the festivities.
A 13-year NFL veteran, Bruschi was a two-time consensus All-American at Arizona. With the Wildcats, Bruschi was one of the ringleaders of the vaunted Desert Swarm defenses. With Bruschi as a key component, Arizona led the nation in scoring defense in 1992. In 1993, Desert Swarm led the nation in rushing defense and defined a squad that achieved UA's first 10-victory season, defeating Miami, 29-0, in the Fiesta Bowl. Bruschi was named Fiesta Bowl MVP.
He ended his career with 52 sacks, tied for the most in NCAA history. He was a consensus All-American in 1994 and a unanimous All-American in 1995. Bruschi's celebrated senior season included 1995 Pac-10 Defensive Player of the Year honors and winning the Morris Trophy as the league's best defensive lineman. He was a two-time finalist for the Lombardi Award and graduated with 74 tackles for loss, which ranked sixth in FBS history.
Bruschi was named all-conference three times and he led the Wildcats to three bowl berths under head coach Dick Tomey. He was drafted by the New England Patriots in the third round of the 1996 NFL Draft and played his entire professional career with the Patriots where he won three Super Bowl rings. A Pro Bowl selection, he was named the Associated Press’ Comeback Player of the Year in 2005 following a stroke.
A committed spokesman and advocate for stroke survivors, Bruschi founded Tedy’s Team, in conjunction with the American Stroke Association, which has raised more than $1.5 million. He wrote a book, “Never Give Up: My Stroke, My Recovery, and My Return to the NFL,” detailing his NFL comeback after his own stroke in 2005. Bruschi is also an active participant in the Make-A-Wish Foundation, granting wishes for numerous children through the organization. Bruschi currently works as an NFL analyst on ESPN.
Bruschi becomes the fourth Arizona player to be inducted, joining Chuck Cecil (1984-87), Ricky Hunley (1980-83) and Rob Waldrop (1990-93). Three coaches with stops in Tucson are in the hall: Darrell Mudra (1967-68), Warren Woodson (1952-56) and Jim Young (1973-76).
The NFF Hall of Fame On-Campus Salute program is a hallowed tradition that began with the inaugural class in 1951, and to this day the salutes remain the first of numerous activities in each inductee’s Hall of Fame experience. During the NFF Hall of Fame On-Campus Salutes, each inductee returns to his alma mater to accept a Hall of Fame plaque that will remain on permanent display at the institution. The events take place on the field during a home game, and many inductees cite the experience as the ultimate capstone to their careers, providing them one more chance to take the field and hear the crowd roar their name.
The Wildcats return home to Arizona Stadium to face Utah on Oct. 19 in a 7 pm MST kickoff. The game will be televised by Pac-12 Networks. The game will also air on Arizona IMG Sports Network, KCUB 1290 AM in Tucson and Fox Sports 910 AM in Phoenix.
Tickets for the 2013 football season including in the north end zone and club level of the Lowell-Stevens Football Facility, are available and can be purchased by visiting the McKale Center Ticket Office, calling 520-621-CATS or by visiting ArizonaWildcats.com/footballtickets. Fans can also make appointments via the McKale Center Ticket Office to tour the seating areas during normal business hours.
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