The New England Patriots will honor a true Patriot during Monday Night’s game against the New York Jets, as the night has been dubbed “Tedy Bruschi Night.” Although no formal announcement has been made, it is expected that the ceremony will be similar to the one the team held for Troy Brown in 2008, which came at halftime. Coincidentally (or not), Troy Brown night was also held when the Jets were in town.
Of all of the Patriots who could have possibly been honored, none deserve it more than Bruschi. In the eyes of the team, its management, and its fans, Bruschi represents what it means to be a New England Patriot.
Bruschi spent his entire career in New England, after being drafted out of the University of Arizona in the third round of the 1996 NFL Draft. After being drafted, the team achieved unparalleled success, at least in their history, as they played in five Super Bowls, while winning three. Although he wasn’t a significant part in the first Super Bowl appearance, a loss to Green Bay in Super Bowl XXXI, he quickly rose up the depth chart and was the backbone of the defense when the Patriots won three Super Bowls in four years, starting in the 2001 season.
During that time, Bruschi remained largely anonymous on a national scale, only making one Pro Bowl. Regardless, he is still beloved in New England and is considered one of the greatest players in franchise history. On Monday Night, he will finally get to step up and get the credit he deserves.