Wildcats: Bruschi is back
TUCSON, Ariz. (KOLD News 13) - University of Arizona Head Coach Jedd Fisch announced on Monday, Feb. 1, the addition of Wildcat great, College Football Hall of Famer and Super Bowl champion Tedy Bruschi to the Arizona Football staff as senior advisor to the head football coach.
Bruschi, a two-time All-American and Pac-10 Defensive Player of the Year, was a key fixture in Arizona’s “Desert Swarm Defense.” He has served as a lead NFL analyst for ESPN since his retirement in 2009.
“Arizona Football just got better today by the addition of another College Football Hall of Famer, New England Patriots Hall of Famer and Arizona Football Ring of Honor member to our staff,” said head coach Jedd Fisch. “Tedy Bruschi represents everything we want from our student-athletes. He knows what it takes to do things right on and off the field and has demonstrated success in all facets of life throughout the years. Tedy is a true friend and ally who understands what it takes to win; respect accountability, selflessness, and enthusiasm.”
In his new role, Bruschi will serve as a member of the executive football management team while serving as a consultant with the entire football staff. He will also assist the head coach in alumni relations, fundraising, social justice initiatives and student-athlete development off the field.
“I am very excited to re-establish my connection to the Arizona Football program,” Bruschi said. “Coach Fisch, and his vision for the program, is the main reason for my new level of involvement. I look forward to assisting Coach Fisch and the program in any way I can as we develop the next generations of Wildcats who are purposeful, resilient and original. Bear Down!”
Bruschi is one of four Wildcats to be enshrined in the NFF College Hall of Fame. A consensus All-American in 1994 and 1995, Bruschi was named Pac-10 Defensive Player of the Year in 1995 and won the Morris Trophy as the conference’s best defensive lineman. He ended his college career in 1995 with 52 sacks, which tied for the most in NCAA history. The California native and the “Desert Swarm” led the nation in scoring defense in 1992 and rushing defense in 1993 as the Wildcats recorded their first 10-win season in program history and defeated Miami in the Fiesta Bowl. Bruschi earned MVP honors in the game.
He was selected in the third round by New England in the 1996 NFL Draft and spent all 13 seasons of his NFL career with the Patriots franchise. Bruschi won three Super Bowls with New England, was voted to the Pro Bowl in 2004 and was named the 2005 NFL Comeback Player of the Year after recovering from a stroke. He was inducted into the Patriots’ Hall of Fame in 2013.
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