Vrabel Reflects on Blue-Collar Bruschi

Vrabel Reflects on Blue-Collar Bruschi As football fans around New England cope with losing linebacker Tedy Bruschi to retirement, one of his closest friends, former teammate Mike Vrabel, spoke with NESN’s Kathryn Tappen about the departure of one of the area’s most beloved athletes.

Vrabel, who was traded to the Chiefs this offseason, spent eight seasons alongside Bruschi in the Patriots’ linebacking corps.

“I’m happy for him,” Vrabel said. “I talked to him [Sunday] night and was able to congratulate him. He sounded great and just wanted to celebrate a great year and a guy who meant a lot to me as a player and also as a person.”

Bruschi played in 189 regular-season games, more than any linebacker in Patriots history. His 631 total tackles over the past six seasons are the most on the team in that period. A third-round draft choice out of Arizona in 1996, the 36-year-old worked his way up from a part-time player and member of special teams units to full-time starter in 1999 and made his first and only Pro Bowl in 2004.

According to Vrabel, those who know Bruschi know that this decision was an easy one.

“With Tedy, it’s either yes or no,” Vrabel explained. “There aren’t a lot of maybes or I don’t knows, so for him to make this decision, he was completely sure of it, and I think he made a great decision for him and his fami. You hear him talk and hear the ideas, and he’s looking forward to taking his kids to school and being around his kids… He’s going to have a lot of opportunities to do whatever he wants to do.”

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