Tedy Lacap Bruschi was born on June 9, 1973 in San Francisco, Calif. … He is the son of Anthony Sr. and Juanita … He is one of three children … His stepfather, Ron Sandys, was a professional tennis player … Tedy attended Roseville (Calif.) High, where he lettered twice in football and was a two-year captain, earning all-conference, all-northern California and all-metro honors as a defensive tackle … He also earned a letter in wrestling and two letters in track, competing in the shot put and discus … He wrestled in the heavyweight division … He earned his bachelor’s degree in communications at Arizona … Tedy and his wife, Heidi, have two sons, Tedy, Jr and Rex.
Played in his 100th career game at Buffalo (11/3/2002).
Ranked seventh on the team with 65 tackles (45 solo).
Tied for third on the team with 4.5 sacks, setting a career high.
Returned two interceptions for touchdowns, the sixth time a Patriot interceptor has reached paydirt twice in a single season and the first time a linebacker has accomplished the feat.
Bruschi started nine of 15 games in 2001 and finished third on the team with 73 tackles. He was part of a Patriots defense that limited opponents to an average of 17.0 points per game. It was the third lowest total in franchise history and the lowest during a 16-game season.
Recorded 15 tackles (13 solos), including 1.5 sacks during the 2001 postseason.
Started all 16 games at linebacker in 2000 and finished the season with 105 tackles (68 solos). It was his second consecutive season with over 100 tackles (138 in 1999).
Part of elite group of Patriot defenders who started in all 16 games during the 2000 season (Bobby Hamilton and Lawyer Milloy).
Started 14 games in 1999 and finished second on the team with 138 total tackles, including two sacks.
Bruschi recorded a career-high 14 tackles twice during the 1999 season, at N.Y. Jets (9/12/99) and at Buffalo (11/28/99).
Accepted the starting WLB responsibilities at mid-season in 1998 and finished fourth on the team with 81 tackles.
The NCAA’s all-time sack leader has provided 15 sacks in six seasons as a Patriot. In the 14 regular season games in which Bruschi has recorded at least one sack, the Patriots are 13-1.
Recorded two sacks in Super Bowl XXXI vs. Green Bay, just one shy of the Super Bowl record.
Credited with two defensive tackles, two special teams tackles, two passes defensed and an interception in the 1996 AFC Championship Game to secure a 20-6 victory over Jacksonville (1/12/97).
Scored his first career touchdown (at any level of competition) at Baltimore (10/6/96) when he picked up a loose ball after a blocked punt by Larry Whigham and returned it four yards for a score.
Credited with a pair of sacks and forced his first career fumble at Baltimore (10/6/96).