BOSTON -- Tedy Bruschi is retiring after a 13-year career marked by an inspiring return to the New England Patriots as a starting linebacker eight months after a stroke.
A person familiar with his decision told The Associated Press that the 36-year-old Bruschi will announce his retirement at a news conference at 10:45 a.m. ET on Monday morning at Gillette Stadium. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because no announcement had been made. The team declined to comment Sunday night.
Bruschi gets all the props in the world for managing to come back and play at a high level after that stroke. He gets all the respect in the world and while he may not necessarily be HOF-bound, he'll be a beloved Patriot forever.
Originally posted by It's FalseNot entirely unexpected, but still a stomach punch to Patriots fans nonetheless.
I think Brett Favre has set the bar as to what a "stomach punch retirement" is. I'm glad Tedy saw the writing on the wall (Chris Cooley put it there as he blew by #54 Friday night) and decided to bow out, even though Belichick told him he was in no danger of being cut.
Holy fuck shit motherfucker shit. Read comics. Fuck shit shit fuck shit I sold out when I did my job. Fuck fuck fuck shit fuck. Sorry had to do it....
Revenge of the Sith = one thumb up from me. Fuck shit. I want to tittie fuck your ass. -- The Guinness. to Cerebus
So says Len Pasquarelli of ESPN.com, as reported on the Dan Patrick Show on ESPN radio. Basically, he's going to get paid to do nothing for the rest of the season. He's not cut, or released, or waived...just, deactivated.