Former UA football player Tedy Bruschi suffers stroke

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Former New England Patriot linebacker Tedy Bruschi suffered a stroke Thursday, according to an announcement by his foundation, Tedy's Team.

Patriots owner Robert Kraft released a statement Friday expressing "shock" upon learning of Bruschi's stroke, but also admitting relief now that it appears Bruschi is safe and on-track to make a full recovery.

Now, Tedy's Team will support Bruschi on his road to recovery.

Bruschi is a former three-time Super Bowl champion and former third round pick out of the University of Arizona. Since then, he's been a fierce advocate for early detection of strokes and has shared his story with thousands of people.

He's recovering in a MA hospital.

A Patriot for his entire 13-year career, Bruschi retired from the National Football League in 2008. Fortunately, he recognized the warning signs - "arm weakness, face drooping and speech difficulties" - immediately and is "recovering well". "Tedy and his family thank you for the ongoing encouragement, and kindly ask for privacy at this time".

Bruschi joined ESPN as an analyst shortly after his retirement. He's "recovering well" at Sturdy Memorial Hospital in MA, according to the statement. 'And I'm very proud of that'. He has performed in-studio work for the network, and recently earned a promotion to the signature show, "Sunday NFL Countdown". He recovered in time to return for the 2006 season and played two more seasons before retiring in 2009. He and his family later launched Tedy's Team, a running club that raises money for the American Stroke Association. He wrote a book about the experience in 2007 and has since run in multiple Boston Marathons.

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