Patriots Linebacker and Author Bruschi Reaches Pinnacle of Comeback: Just Three Years Removed From Debilitating Stroke, Bruschi on Verge of History

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With days to go before Super Bowl XLII, New England Patriot linebacker Tedy Bruschi is on the verge of the greatest comeback, one that far exceeds the NFL. Just three years ago, Bruschi suffered a stroke.

With days to go before Super Bowl XLII, New England Patriot linebacker Tedy Bruschi is on the verge of the greatest comeback, one that far exceeds the NFL. Just three years ago, Bruschi suffered a stroke.

As the New York Giants and New England Patriots prepare for Super Bowl XLII, one player in particular will be thankful to be on the field and even playing at all. Just 3 years ago, weeks after the Patriots last appearance in the Super Bowl, Tedy Bruschi, a 32-year old linebacker, husband, and father of three sons suffered a stroke. A professional athlete in the prime of his career and in excellent health, Bruschi was forced to retire from the NFL to concentrate fully on his grueling rehabilitation. As he began to recover, though, he started thinking about a return to the NFL, and its ramifications on his family and his health.

Now in good health, Tedy not only returned to the NFL, but returned at the highest level. On February 3rd, his team will attempt to become the first NFL team to finish a season 19-0, besting the previous mark of 17-0 by the 1972 Miami Dolphins. What makes the story all the more remarkable is Tedy is not just a role player on a decent team. He is an important cog and one of the team captains of a team that, with a win against the Giants, will become the best team in NFL history.

In NEVER GIVE UP: My Stroke, My Recovery and My Return to the NFL (Wiley; 2007; $24.95; Cloth; ISBN: 978-0-470-10869-7), Bruschi, along with best-selling author and radio personality Michael Holley, reveals how he and his family faced the physical and emotional challenges of this life-threatening event and how he managed to rejoin the team just eight months later--earning himself a share of the Comeback Player of the Year Award and full ownership of the prestigious Ed Block Courage Award. From the morning of the stroke and his initial plans to retire through his rehabilitation and ultimate decision to return to the NFL, Bruschi shares his incredible personal journey of recovery, including powerful insights he gained from his experiences as well as the support and encouragement he's given to other stroke survivors. NEVER GIVE UP also details the long aftermath of his recovery, how it challenged his faith, his marriage, and his career.

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