Former New England Patriots longtime stand-out Tedy Bruschi has just decided after retiring to join the ESPN stable of NFL analysts. He will mostly show as a representative for ESPNBoston and will appear on “NFL Live,” “SportsCenter, and “ESPN Radio.” ESPNBoston is a newly developed project and will officially come alive on Monday when the Patriots face off against the Buffalo Bills at Gillette Stadium.
“I’m very excited to be joining the ESPN team. I hope to bring my passion and knowledge for the game as an analyst just as I did as a player,” said Bruschi. “I look forward to the national exposure of covering the entire league while also having the opportunity to stay close to my roots here with ESPNBoston.com.” Bruschi, a 13 year veteran, was named honorary defensive captain of the franchise’s 50th Anniversary Team by Patriots owner Robert Kraft. In his 189 regular-season games played with New England, he racked up 1,134 tackles, 30 1/2 sacks, and 12 interceptions.
ESPN could not be happier to now have Bruschi as a part of their team. “Tedy Bruschi has embodied the Patriots and their unrivaled success the past decade, said ESPN executive vice president, production Norby Williamson. “We are thrilled that this three-time Super Bowl champion is joining our roster of NFL experts as well as ESPNBoston, which will give New England sports fans a stable of authentic and familiar Boston voices when it launches Monday.”
Tedy Bruschi, longtime leader of the New England Patriots has recently decided to retire after 13 hard fought seasons and three Patriots Super Bowls. ” Being a Patriot my entire career is something I’m very proud of,” said Bruschi. “There is a sign when you come into this facility that says ‘Do Your Job’. I did my job for 13 years. Now my job is done. My job is done. I’m looking forward to living the rest of my life.”
Bruschi was a definite stand-out player and leader for New England, as he was one of the major components to the teams streak of success this past decade. The last Super Bowl the Patriots and Bruschi won was in 2005 against the Philadelphia Eagles. Ten days later he was hospitalized after experiencing numbness in his left arm, left leg and blurry vision and was diagnosed with a mild stroke. Bruschi’s NFL career was nothing short of remarkable knowing he was able to fight back and return to the team after the extremely unfortunate occurrence.
Quarterback Tom Brady showed very high praise for his teammate, saying “I think Tedy, it’s all those things. You can’t put Tedy Bruschi into a box. That’s one thing about Tedy. Tedy is a wonderful man, he’s a wonderful person. He’s a wonderful father and husband, and he set an example from the day that I got here on what it means to be a professional athlete and what it means to play for the New England Patriots.”
The Patriots have one last preseason game against the New York Giants before kicking off the regular season in Foxboro verses the Buffalo Bills on September 14th.
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Defensive end Aaron Maybin this afternoon has agreed to a 5-year $25 million deal with the Buffalo Bills after missing all of training camp. The former Penn State All-American led the Big Ten with 12 sacks last season in his thirteen games played. Buffalo will rely heavily on Maybin to make immediate contributions after finishing their 2008-2009 campaign with just 24 sacks as a team. His agent Chafie Fields told The Associated Press: “Aaron’s happy to be here and ready to go to work.”
The Maybin deal leaves two unsigned first round picks; offensive tackle Andre Smith and wide receiver Michael Crabtree, who has informed the San Francisco 49ers organization that he’ll be willing to sit out the entire season if he doesn’t receive an adequate offer. The Buffalo Bills have two more preseason games against the Green Bay Packers and the defending Super Bowl champion Pittsburgh Steelers before the regular season kicks off. Week one has the Bills scheduled to take on the New England Patriots September 14th at Gillette Stadium.
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Chad Ochocinco made the highlight reels last night after showcasing his new found talents with the special teams unit. Late in the second quarter after a Cincinnati touchdown, he took the field as the kicker and knocked it right down main street to give the Bengals the point they needed to win 7-6. Another surprise came soon after when he kicked off to the 10 yard line following his field goal. ” ‘Esteban’ Ochocinco is back, the most interesting footballer in the world,” said Ochocinco. “Everyone has to remember, I’ve always said that soccer is my number 1 sport. I think Ronaldinho would be proud of me right now.”
All of the game action was supplied in the first half, knowing both teams were unable to put up any points in either of the remaining quarters. Tom Brady made his second appearance of the year and provided some solid play for the Patriots. He completed four passes for 57 yards in his short time out on the field. The real test passed when Brady was hit hard in two out of the 13 snaps he took. Both times he fell to the ground he was able to hop right up, ensuring the fact that his knee is 100 percent ready for the season ahead.
New England is set for two more preseason games against the Washington Redskins and New York Giants, before hosting the Buffalo Bills on September 14th for their regular season opener at Gillette Stadium.
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Buffalo Bills receiver Terrell Owens missed practice yesterday due to a sprained toe. He reportedly jammed it during a pre-season game against the Tennessee Titans last Sunday, and complained about later that night through his Twitter page. Owens wrote: “My toe is aching!” followed by a concerned face – “:-/” Head coach Dick Jauron said Bills camp was much quieter without their stand-out receiver present. “It was different,” said Jauron. “We know what kind of player he is and what kind of player he’s been his entire career, so when he’s not on the field, you’re aware of the fact.”
Hopefully Owens is able to take a couple of days and re-energize himself with T.O’s Honey Toasted Oats before Saturday’s pre-season game against Chicago. Buffalo’s first regular season game is set for September 14th at Gillette Stadium against the New England Patriots.
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The Buffalo Bills are now over a week in to their training camp at John Fisher College near Rochester, NY. On Monday reports came back saying quarterbacks Trent Edwards and Ryan Fitzpatrick were “particularly sharp with their passes and decision making.” Rookie Shawn Nelson recovered from an ankle injury early this week, and was eager to make up his missed time. Five plays after catching a short pass, he blew by the coverage and pulled in a 35-yard touchdown pass. “That was really good to see him out there,” said head coach Dick Jauron. “He needs every rep he can get. We got him a good deal of work today, maybe a little more than we planned.”
As Nelson came back offensive linemen Brad Butler went down with a lower back injury. Coaches and players are hoping the injury does not become long term and are remaining optimistic about the situation. Marshawn Lynch’s weapons charge four month ago has led the NFL to take action and suspend him for Buffalo’s first three games of the season. These games will be against the New England Patriots, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and the New Orleans Saints. “I think we’ve been preparing for him to be out for those three games,” said QB Trent Edwards. “We haven’t banked on him being there for those three games. It’s just a matter of other guys stepping up.” Those men called upon will be Fred Jackson and Dominic Rhodes.
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The New England Patriots are set to kick off the 2009 regular season against the Buffalo Bills on September 14th at Gillette Stadium. The Bills have made the AFC East more competitive with their recent acquisition of Pro Bowl wideout Terrell Owens. It should be a true test for New England as Tom Brady is scheduled to be back and fully recovered from his knee surgery.
The game will be part of a Monday night double header showcasing four AFC teams. The Oakland Raiders will start their season campaign against the San Diego Chargers following the game in Foxborough. Returning a strong roster once again, the Patriots look to stay healthy with hopes of making another run at a super bowl title.
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The New England Patriots now have 10 straight wins over the Buffalo Bills after disposing of them 20-10 on Sunday in Foxboro. The win gave the Patriots a one game lead over the Bills in the AFC East and put them in a tie with the New York Jets for 1st place in the division. The Patriots and Jets will face off this Thursday night at Gillette Stadium with 1st place on the line.
The Patriots never trailed in Sunday’s game and got off to a 7-0 start when QB Matt Cassell ran it into the endzone for a 13yrd TD run. Cassell also finished the day with 234 yards passing. Stephen Gostkowski added two field goals for the Patriots and BenJarvus Green-Ellis finished off the scoring for the Patriots with a 1yd TD run in the fourth quarter.
The win for the Patriots was bittersweet as they lost yet another key player to injury. LB Adalius Thomas broke his left forearm and will be out for the rest of the year. The banged up Patriots only have a few days to recover before hosting the Jets on Thursday night. Patriots tickets are still available for this and all Patriots games.
The New York Jets and New England Patriots both won on Sunday, setting up a battle of 6-3 teams with 1st place in the AFC East at stake. They’ll meet on Thursday night.
11/9/08 New England Patriots (6-3) 20 Buffalo Bills (5-4) 10 – Matt Cassell had a fine day with 234 passing yards leading the Patriots past the division rival Bills.
Denver Broncos (5-4) 34 Cleveland Browns (3-6) 30 – Cutler had a huge day, throwing three TD’s on 447 passing yards. The win put the Broncos over .500 on the year.
New York Jets (6-3) 47 St. Louis Rams(2-7) 3 – Thomas Jones led the Jets with three TD’s on 149 rushing yards. Favre added 167 passing yards and one TD as the Jets cruised over the Rams today.
Jacksonville Jaguars (4-5) 38 Detroit Lions (0-9) 14 - Garrard led the Jaguars with 238 passing yards and two TD’s. The Lions remain winless and pathetic at 0-9.
Baltimore Ravens (6-3) 41 Houston Texans (3-6) 13 – Joe Flacco threw for 185 yards and two TD passes leading the Ravens over the Texans today.
Miami Dolphins (5-4) 21 Seattle Seahawks(2-7) 19 - Chad Pennington had 209 passing yards and a TD and the Dolphins got past the .500 mark.
Tennessee Titans (9-0) 21 Chicago Bears (5-4) 14 - Kerry Collins and the Titans continued their unlikely win streak beating the Bears to go 9-0 on the year.
Atlanta Falcons (6-3) 34 New Orleans Saints (4-5) 20 – Despite over 400 passing yards, Drew Brees was unable to beat the Falcons today. Matt Ryan had two TD passes.
Minnesota Vikings (5-4) 28 Green Bay Packers (4-5) 27 – The Vikings gained a one game advantage over the Packers in the NFC North while keeping even with the Chicago Bears.
Indianapolis Colts (5-4) 24 Pittsburgh Steelers (6-3) 20 – Peyton Manning threw three TD’s on 240 yards passing outdueling the Steelers’ Roethlisberger for the win.
Carolina Panthers (7-2) 17 Oakland Raiders (2-7) 6 – The Panthers’ win today gave them the lead in the NFC South by one game over the Tampa Bay Bucs.
San Diego Chargers (4-5) 20 Kansas City Chiefs (1-8) 19 – Philip Rivers had 316 passing yards and two Touchdowns to just barely beat the woeful Chiefs.
New York Giants (8-1) 36 Philadelphia Eagles (5-4) 31 - The Giants look determined to get back to the Super Bowl. They got a big win over the Eagles in Philadelphia on Sunday night to get their 8th win of the year.
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Arizona Cardinals (6-3) 29 San Francisco 49ers (2-7) 24 - Kurt Warner continues to dazzle defenses. He threw for 328 yards and 3 TD’s in a nother Cardinals win.
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Division races are getting tight as teams fight for playoff positioning. The AFC East is getting crowded with the Patriots, Bills and Jets fighting for the top spot.
11/2/08 Indianapolis Colts (4-4) 18 New England Patriots (5-3) 15 – Things are getting real interesting in the crowded AFC East as the Patriots failed to grab the win they needed to retain 1st place in their division. The Colts are trying to re-establish their game to avoid missing the playoffs.
Cincinnati Bengals (1-8) 21 Jacksonville Jaguars (3-5) 19 – The Bengals won’t go winless afterall. They barely got past the Jaguars on Sunday for their 1st win.
Baltimore Ravens (5-3) 37 Cleveland Browns (3-5) 27 – Flacco threw two TD’s and 248 yards in leading the Ravens against the Browns.
Minnesota Vikings (4-4) 28 Houston Texans (3-5) 21 – The Vikings got back to .500 today with their seven point win over the Texans.
New York Jets (5-3) 26 Buffalo Bills (5-3) 17 – The Jets got a crucial win the AFC East today with a big win over the Buffalo Bills.
Tampa Bay Bucs (6-3) 30 Kansas City Chiefs (1-7) 27 – Jeff Garcia had 339 passing yards and a TD as the Bucs bested the Chiefs by a field goal.
Chicago Bears (5-3) 27 Detroit Lions (0-8) 23 - The Bears kept the Lions winless while picking up their fifth win in the process.
Tennessee Titans (8-0) 19 Green Bay Packers (4-4) 16 – Despite 314 passing yards, Aaron Rodgers and the Packers couldn’t get past the undefeated Titans.
Arizona Cardinals (5-3) 34 St. Louis Rams (2-6) 13 – Kurt Warner threw for 342 yards and two touchdowns today, leading the Cardinals over the Rams.
New York Giants (7-1) 35 Dallas Cowboys (5-4) 14 – The Cowboys continue to struggle without Tony Romo, while Eli Manning and the Giants continue to create space for themselves in the NFC East.
Atlanta Falcons (5-3) 24 Oakland Raiders (2-6) 0 – Matt Ryan threw for two TD’s and the Falcons defense shut down the Raiders for the shutout.
Miami Dolphins (4-4) 26 Denver Broncos (4-4) 17 – Chad Pennington threw for 281 yards as the Dolphins improved to 4-4 on the year.
Philadelphia Eagles (5-3) 26 Seattle Seahawks (2-6) 7 – McNabb had a huge passing day for the Eagles with 349 yards as the Eagles took care of the Seahawks on Sunday.
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Pittsburgh Steelers (6-2) 23 Washington Redskins (6-3) 6 - The Steelers shut down the Redskins offense en route to their 6th win on the year.
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