Before anything, it should be made clear that Tedy Bruschi is doing well. But it was unfortunately announced that, on Thursday, Bruschi suffered a stroke and has been on the mend since then at Sturdy Memorial Hospital in Attleboro, Massachusetts. Bruschi is, of course, an elite linebarcker and one of the best defensive players to ever put on a Patriots uniform, and now works for ESPN as an NFL analyst. Though only 46, Bruschi has suffered from a stroke before, sidelined for the first six weeks of the NFL season after suffering  his first. After healing, Bruschi returned to the game and became one of the league's leading players as he maintained his high quality defensive play.

In response to the occurrence, Tedy Bruschi's family released a statement that read: "Yesterday afternoon, Tedy had a stroke, known as a TIA. He recognized his warning signs immediately: arm weakness, face drooping, and speech difficulties. Tedy is recovering well, and would like to thank the nurses, doctor, and staff at Sturdy Memorial Hospital for all they have done. Tedy and his family thank you for your ongoing encouragement, and kindly ask for privacy at this time."

The chairman and CEO of the Patriots Robert Kraft also released a statement:

After retiring in 2009, Bruschi has since dedicated his post-football life to Tedy's Team, which is an organization that raises both funds and awareness for the American Stroke Association.

Between Bruschi's recovery from the stroke last week and David Ortiz's recovery from a gunshot wound last month, there have been two close calls for Boston sports legends and we are all immensely thankful that they are both improving every day.

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