Bruschi goes out in style

Roseville alum leaves NFL after long run of success
By: Kurt Johnson, The Press Tribune
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A unique and special career came to an end Monday when 1991 Roseville High graduate Tedy Bruschi announced his retirement from the National Football League’s New England Patriots. “He (Bruschi) was and still is the best high school football player that I have ever coached or watched play,” said Roseville High coach Larry Cunha, who coached Bruschi at Roseville. “His ability to impact the game as a defensive lineman was amazing and unmatched since.” A leader on three Super Bowl winning teams who spent his entire 13-year run with the Patriots, Bruschi is also notable as a player who returned to the game after suffering a stroke in 2005. He was also an incredible influence in the communities in which he has played. “Instinctive, hard working, intelligent, play maker, leader are words that I would attach to him on the field,” Cunha said. “Off the field he was even more amazing and a role model - giving to his community, genuine, someone that made outstanding and quality choices on and off the field.” From his days with the Tigers, through an outstanding career at the University of Arizona and then with New England, the linebacker earned a reputation as a player who played with full energy every time he put on the helmet. Former teammates and coaches all praise Bruschi’s leadership and hard work as exemplary to everyone whose life he touched. “It was an honor and a pleasure to coach Tedy Bruschi at Roseville High School,” Cunha said. “I think the entire Roseville High School community has reason to be very proud to call Tedy Bruschi one of our own.”