Insurer taps Patriots' Bruschi as
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Tedy’s Team goes the distance for charity
By Gayle Fee and Laura Raposa
Tuesday, April 18, 2006
New England Patriots linebacker Tedy Bruschi, who is usually on the receiving end of cheering crowds, was his Boston Marathon team’s lead rah-rah man yesterday at a party at the Lenox Hotel.
Bruschi, a stroke survivor, was on the roof and hanging out the windows of his hospitality suite at the Boylston Street hotel, encouraging “Tedy’s Team” - 15 runners who hoofed it from Hopkinton to the Hub to raise money and awareness for the American Stroke Association.
“Initially the (fundraising) number we came up with was $54,000 - because of my number on the football field,” the 32-year-old pigskin hero told the Track. “But after learning at our little pasta dinner at Maggiano’s (the other night) that we doubled that amount, we’re very proud.”
Tedy divided his partying time yesterday between the Saunders family’s annual rooftop viewing bash for 300 people and a suite down below that he reserved for his team and their families.
Bruschi, as per usual, was more than generous with the time he spent chatting up party-goers and signing a slew of autographs and sports memorabilia.
Also on hand to cheer on the 26.2-milers and say hey to Tedy and his wife, Heidi, were: WCVB-TV’s Dick Albert and wife, Marianne; Fox 25’s Butch Stearns; hotelier Robin Brown and son, Alex; State Room sweeties Jim and Alina Apteker and baby Aniela; Bob the Chef’s Darryl Settles and the entire crew from Boston maggie who passed on hosting their own marathon party this year.
Tedy told us that this year - a far cry from last year’s off-season when a stroke left his health and football career in jeopardy - he’s been kicking back and enjoying life.
“This off-season, we thought we’d just sit back and relax really,” Bruschi said in between autograph signings and mugging for the cameras. “We took the kids to Disney and took some time to ourselves.”
But it sounds like No. 54’s rushing for the new season to start!
“I’m very excited about this coming season because what a difference a year makes really,” he smiled, remembering the days of standing on the sidelines and watching his teammates play.
“Around this time last year I didn’t think I was going to play again, and here I come!”
Now, that was some finish line!
Tedy with Karen and Zip at the show.
See the rest of the pics here!
Who: Bruschi, Dillon, Harrison & Seymour (WOW!!)
What: Autograph Opportunity
When: January 11th
Where: Rotman Furniture in Worcester
- 725 Southbridge Street, Worcester, MA 01610.
(Began airing 8/29/04)
Dunkin' Donuts Teams Up With Two-Time Superbowl Champs to
Introduce Bacon, Ham & Cheddar Breakfast Sandwich
Randolph, Mass. (August 26, 2004) - Timed with the kick-off of the new football season, Dunkin' Donuts celebrates the two-time Superbowl World Champion New England Patriots with its new ad airing for the first time Sunday, August 29. The ad features New England Patriots Tedy Bruschi, Ty Warren and Mike Vrabel promoting the company's new Bacon, Ham and Cheddar Breakfast Sandwich. The sandwich will be offered in the Northeast for a limited time only.
"Dunkin' Donuts and the New England Patriots are both well-loved by New Englanders," said John Gilbert, Dunkin' Donuts vice president of marketing. "So, it's only fitting that we team up to introduce a new version of our breakfast sandwich, the best selling breakfast sandwich in New England."
The breakfast sandwich ads created by Boston-based Hill, Holliday, Connors, Cosmopulos include one football-themed 30-second TV spot featuring the Patriots, as well as one 15-second product spot. Radio and outdoor executions round out the advertising which will run in the Northeast region through October 10.
The new ad with the Patriots was created in the same humorous spirit of the recent Dunkin'Donuts Maple Cheddar Breakfast Sandwich ad featuring Curt Schilling as he tried to master the infamous Boston accent. Dunkin' Donuts has a history of effective advertising with athletes, including Tom Brady and other sports stars.
"We don't rely on star power alone in our advertising with sports celebrities," said Gilbert. "We're especially careful to create natural and relevant connections between the athletes and our products. Our ad's storylines are humorous and timely, but they also make a believable link between the celebrity and our products, a link that resonates immediately with our customers."
The new 30-second spot, "Glare," opens with a man sitting at a table at Dunkin' Donuts, enjoying a new Bacon, Ham and Cheddar Breakfast Sandwich. A closer look reveals that he is wearing eye black. The spot cuts to a woman also eating the new sandwich, and also wearing eye black, along with everyone in the store. We then see two Dunkin' Donuts employees behind the counter talking about how the eye black helps "cut down on the glare." The camera then pans over to a table where we see New England Patriots players Tedy Bruschi, Ty Warren and Mike Vrabel seated and eating the new Dunkin' Donuts breakfast sandwich. Their multiple Super Bowl rings are catching the light from the sun and creating a glare in the rest of the store. The voiceover reads "Introducing the new Bacon, Ham and Cheddar Breakfast Sandwich from Dunkin' Donuts. Served with double meat, egg and cheese on a freshly-baked bagel, it's already an instant fan favorite"
"This new ad promotes a point of pride for New Englanders while it promotes a competitive advantage for Dunkin' Donuts," said Gilbert. "Counter-intuitively, Dunkin' Donuts is primarily a coffee company. Unlike our coffee competitors, we also sell delicious fresh baked goods, like breakfast sandwiches on fresh bagels. Our business model is to sell a cup of coffee plus a baked good to every customer. It is this focus on beverages and baked goods, together, that has helped us thrive when our competitors are suffering in this low-carb era."
Bourque and Spinazzola Foundation announce
Celebrity Golf Classic
Thursday, July 8, 2004
The Anthony Spinazzola Foundation (ASF) is pleased to announce that it will be holding its annual Celebrity Golf Classic, sponsored by OSRAM SYLVANIA, on Monday, July 19, 2004. Host and recently selected Hockey Hall of Famer Ray Bourque will once again bring together an all-star team to rally against hunger out on the green at the Spring Valley Country Club in Sharon, Mass. Special guest golfers include members of the Super Bowl Champion New England Patriots such as Joe Andruzzi, Tedy Bruschi, Matt Light, and Mike Vrabel, former Red Sox greats Luis Tiant and Joe Morgan, and Bob Lobel and other radio and TV sports personalities.
Bank of America Championship
Palmer's pro-am group yesterday (6/24/04) consisted of Boston's mayor,
Tom Menino; Chad Gifford, chairman of the Bank of America
Corporation; Thomas May, president and CEO of
(And just WHERE did the Track Girls swipe this picture from you wonder!? Try my 2001 Candids!)
Inside Track 06/18/04
New England Patriots linebacker Tedy Bruschi will take the Symphony Hall stage on Monday with his alto sax and 10 jazzy junior impresarios at the Longy School of Music in Cambridge. Tedy and the kids will perform Rob Buckland's ``Watch Your Step'' at the school's annual gala. Such a hep cat!
Patriots linebacker Tedy Bruschi will be at the Longy School of Music in Cambridge at 11:00 a.m. this Saturday, June 19, to practice for his alto saxophone performance at the school's annual Symphony Hall Gala. Bruschi will be performing Rob Buckland's “Watch Your Step” with 10 students from Longy School's Junior and Senior Ensembles. …
LONGY SCHOOL OF MUSIC ANNUAL GALA - 6 p.m., Symphony Hall, Boston. Cocktails, silent auction dinner and concert. Leon Fleisher will receive a Lifetime Achievement Award. Tedy Bruschi of the New England Patriots will play the saxophone. Tickets are $300. Proceeds benefit scholarships and outreach activities at Longy. For information, call 617-876-0956, ext. 622.
By Bill Burt
BOSTON -- Two elderly women were walking through the crowd in search of the hors d'oeuvres tray last night when they stopped dead in their tracks. They noticed a man in a dark suit talking to a TV reporter.
"That's Tedy Bruschi," said one of the women.
"He's cute," the other said before they were on their way, still staring Bruschi's way. "My grandson is going to be upset when I tell him I saw him in person."
There was no blue and silver face paint or the chanting of "Bru-SKI! Bru-SKI!" he is used to when he performs. No, this venue was different. This was Boston Symphony Hall.
But like the 68,000 anxious locals who make their way to Foxboro about 12 Sundays a year, they know a good thing when they see it and they saw it in Tedy Bruschi last night.
The New England Patriots linebacker was among those being honored -- with pianist and composer Leon Fleisher and composer Joan Panetti -- at a fund-raiser for Longy School of Music, which educates 1,400 students from school age to adults in Harvard Square.
Bruschi was among eight junior and senior saxophone ensembles (he was a junior) that played Roger Buckland's "Watch Your Step."
Here was one of the most rabid and energized players on a two-time Super Bowl champion, showing no signs of someone in over their head.
"I practiced a lot," said Bruschi, who still holds the NCAA record for sacks in a career with 52. "The last week or so, I practiced every day. This music wasn't as difficult as the one I worked on two years ago. That was 'Fizzwater' by Eubie Blake. That was tough. That was Belichick tough."
Bruschi's journey to Boston Symphony Hall, with a saxophone case by his side, is an interesting one.
At 7, he was in church choir. At 8, he started playing the clarinet. And at 9, he hit paydirt, musically speaking, and played the saxophone.
"I was in fourth grade and I knew it was my instrument," Bruschi said. "I fell in love with it."
The first test of his love for music was in high school. He had to go to school early (6 a.m.) as part of the school's band.
"The tough kids would be coming to school about the time we were finishing," Bruschi said. "People always ask me about kids bothering me about being in the band.
"Trust me," he smiled. "Nobody bothered me."
It was not an easy decision as a high school junior when Bruschi was faced with choosing football or the saxophone. Because a potential scholarship was involved, football won out, barely.
"I'm not a football player," Bruschi said. "I play football. But there is so much more to me than playing a game. I love music. I love being around my family."
Bruschi met his wife Heidi at the University of Arizona. He was a communications major. She majored in special education.
"As long as I've known him, music has been a big part of his life," Bruschi said. "I love that about him. He has other interests in his life. He's a great dad. He cares about his family. And he loves to play the saxophone."
Bruschi estimates he plays the saxophone about once a week once football begins in late July. During the offseason, he practices about three times a week.
Leading up to last night's show, he was practicing every day.
"The toughest part now is trying to find time after working out," Bruschi said. "My boys (Tedy Jr., 3; Rex, 2) like to hit the buttons while I'm playing, which sometimes changes the music. When they go down for a nap, I try to work some time in. But the problem is I can't play too loud or I wake them up."
Bruschi said some of his Patriots teammates razzed him a bit around the weight room when they heard about his performance at last night's fund-raiser. But within the last couple of days, he said that changed.
"Some guys came up to me and admitted they had played some instruments when they were growing up, too," Bruschi said. "A couple said they'd like to start playing again. That would be great."
Bruschi believes every person has an artistic side. If some people, especially tough-guy athletes, would stop worrying about being labeled and played an instrument or painted a picture, life as they know it would be better.
"Art is a beautiful thing," Bruschi said. "You find out a lot about yourself and look at life differently. I know I've had a successful career in football, but I don't know where I'd be if I never got into music."
Bruschi recently made news because not only did he sign a four-year extension (estimated to be about $8 million), but he did it without an agent.
That attitude has parallels to his passion for music.
"Tedy is his own man. He always has been," said Heidi Bruschi. "But I do tell him that if I met him in high school, that things might have been different between us."
Sorry to disagree, but it says here the band geek named Tedy Bruschi, with all that athletic ability, good looks and saxophone over his shoulder, would have won in the end.
Bank of America won the battle to buy FleetBoston but Ken Lewis, chief executive, lost a Super Bowl bet with former FleetBoston head Chad Gifford. Now he's making good on the wager. Gifford's New England Patriots spanked Lewis's Carolina Panthers in Super Bowl XXXVIII. To settle the boardroom bet, Lewis will present 38 North Carolina dogwood trees as a permanent gift to Bostonians. Paradoxically, losing the bet was a win for Lewis, at least on the PR front. BofA got to call the pay-out "a symbol of the bank's commitment to building the economic health and natural beauty of the city", where it now has many other branches after the $47bn acquisition. Boston mayor Tom Menino and Patriots' linebacker Tedy Bruschi will join Lewis and Gifford to plant the trees in Franklin Park today. Lewis will also serve up some Carolina barbecue during the tree-planting ceremony, settling another condition of the bet. No calling him a sore loser.
During the tree-planting ceremony, Tedy Bruschi, linebacker for the New England Patriots, reflected on his team's Super Bowl victory over the Carolina Panthers. "To win the way we did was just so unbelievable. The Panthers never gave up and played with a lot of heart. This game may be remembered as one of the most thrilling of the 38 Super Bowls," said Bruschi. "The Patriots are thrilled to have Bank of America as an official sponsor who will continue in Fleet's tradition of community involvement and sports excellence."
SPAULDING BENEFIT SET FOR WANG
Spaulding Rehabilitation Center is holding a June 12 benefit show for its Excellence Fund at the Wang Theatre, featuring the production ``Cirque'' and an appearance by the New England Patriots' Tedy Bruschi. Tickets, $43.50-$78, are available at the box office, 1-800-477-7400, and telecharge.com. Special VIP packages featuring cocktails, dinner and a preshow performance by Jennifer Holiday are available by calling 617-573-2900.
5K Walk and Health Fair on June 5
Tedy Bruschi and Troy Brown of the New England Patriots will help kick off Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts' 5K Walk and Health Fair at Artesani Park on Soldiers Field Road in Brighton on Saturday, June 5. The family-oriented event will take place between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. and will have free activities, including seated massage stations, fitness and health screening stations, face painting and a Jump Up and Go! Kids' Zone. The event will also feature an announcement of the 50 public middle schools that will receive 2004-2005 Jump Up and Go! Healthy Choices grants from Blue Cross Blue Shield. These grants range from $1,000 to $5,000 and are funded by Blue Cross Blue Shield and administered by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health. The grants will be used to implement fitness and nutrition programs for the students at the winning schools in the coming school year.
Latest TEDY BRUSCHI Signing
Saturday, May 15, 2004
West Valley Inn
AL and I presented Tedy with the latest Bruschi Backer wear... Hooded sweatshirts courtesy of the Cardozas and the Zipster. Tedy's reaction.... "SWEET!"
Red Cross enlists sports celebrities in drive for blood
By Kay Lazar
Friday, May 14, 2004
Hoping celebrities may help convince residents to roll up their sleeves and donate blood, the American Red Cross today is kicking off a campaign in Boston that will feature upcoming ads with New England Patriots linebacker Tedy Bruschi and Bruins goalie Andrew Raycroft.
Pats score big
By Inside Track
Friday, May 14, 2004
Bingo! He's got bingo! New England Patriots receiver Troy Brown and a benchload of his teammates including Tom Brady, Tedy Bruschi, Ted Johnson, Kevin Faulk, Bethel Johnson, coach Bill Belichick and team owner Bob Kraft covered their cards at Gillette Stadium last night for Brown's first Celebrity Bingo Tournament. Brady blew through the Fidelity Investments Clubhouse just long enough to get the gals' hearts racing. When we asked the QB/QT where his alleged fiancee Bridget Moynahan was, No. 12 informed us we were ``jumping ahead of things.'' Meaning, we guess, there's no ring on Bridget's left hand. Yet. Bruschi, who was in a fierce bingo battle with teammate Rosevelt Colvin, said he loved the game, which he plays in Vegas with his mom, Juanita. ``I won 50 bucks once,'' Bruschi bragged. ``I never knew bingo would bring out this many people,'' Brown said. Proceeds benefited the United Way and Celebrities for Charity.
PATRIOTS VISIT PATRIOTS
After his team's return trip to the White House this week, Pats owner Robert Kraft took some of the staff and seven players to visit wounded members of the military at the Walter Reed Medical Center. Tom Brady, Joe Andruzzi, Deion Branch, David Givens, Larry Izzo, Ted Johnson, and Tedy Bruschi spent more than two hours touring the hospital, taking pics, and signing autographs. "It was incredible. The whole way back from the hospital . . . you could tell the visit made an impression on the players," said Pats spokesman Stacey James. The patients were impressed, too. When James asked the wife of one of the soldiers where they lived, she said North Carolina (whom, of course, the Pats defeated in the Super Bowl). "I said, `Sorry,' " James said. "But she just said, `I bet he'll be a bigger Patriots fan now.' "
Patriots salute patriots
Seven New England Patriots - including Super Bowl superstar Tom Brady - got a reality check when the pigskin platoon blew into Walter Reed Army Hospital the other day to hang with some real Patriots during their day in D.C. The QB/QT, along with teammates Joe Andruzzi, Deion Branch, Tedy Bruschi, David Givens, Larry Izzo and Ted Johnson and owner Robert Kraft, spent two hours visiting with 20 soldiers, many of whom were fresh from the desert in Iraq. ``They couldn't believe how positive all the guys were,'' said team spokesguy Stacey James who joined in on the tour. ``There was a guy who lost both hands, one who lost a leg, and they were still talking about rejoining their platoon. The players couldn't believe it.'' Of course they couldn't. Because in the NFL, a broken leg can be considered a career killer! ``One soldier, who had lost his leg, was thanking them for coming to visit, telling them how much he appreciated it and the guys were like, `No, no, thank YOU,' '' James said. ``Come to find out, his wife said they were from North Carolina. But she thought from now on her husband would be a bigger Patriots fan than a Panthers fan!'' Stacey said the Pats, who earlier met with the Commander-in-Chief at the White House, were told they were the first Super Bowl champs to accept the hospital's invitation to come over and say hey to America's real heroes.
``Well, that certainly struck a cord,'' he said. ``Hopefully, we started an annual tradition.'' Patriots All Around!
Providence Water Fire 05/08/04
"We Will Rock You" blared from the speakers as the Patriots players entered the park around 7:15 p.m. Seven players from the championship team arrived with the Vince Lombardi trophy and paraded through the spectators, allowing fans to touch the shiny metal football.
"Thank you for a great season," Mayor David Cicilline said. "Thank you for bringing this great trophy back to us."
Tedy Bruschi presented the mayor with an autographed game ball. Bruschi was accompanied by Mike Cloud, Christian Fauria, Russ Hochstein, Lonie Paxton, Ty Warren and Jarvis Green.
Bruschi noticed how cold it was last night.
"It should be snowing," he said. "We do our best work in the snow."
March 23, 2004 - MANCHESTER, NH – The Manchester Monarchs, the AHL affiliate of the Los Angeles Kings, on Tuesday announced that New England Patriots linebacker and Super Bowl Champion Tedy Bruschi plans to visit the Verizon Wireless Arena when the Monarchs host the Springfield Falcons at 7:05 p.m. on Wednesday, April 7. Bruschi, an eight-year pro and two-time Super Bowl winner, will hold linebacker tryouts with three lucky fans during the first intermission of the Monarchs game against the Falcons. In honor of his visit, the Monarchs will give away Tedy Bruschi autographed items throughout the game. A few lucky fans will also have a chance to meet Tedy Bruschi up close and personal during the game.
Individual tickets to Tedy Bruschi Night with the Monarchs are on sale now and can be purchased at the Verizon Wireless Arena box office. The box office is open Monday through Friday from 10-6 p.m., Saturday from 10-2 p.m., and additional hours on game day. Individual tickets can also be purchased by calling Ticketmaster at (603) 868-7300, or by visiting Ticketmaster on-line at www.ticketmaster.com. Tickets are also available at all Ticketmaster locations, including Filene’s at the Mall of New Hampshire. For groups of 15 or more, contact the Monarchs ticket office at (603) 626-7825.
Check out my pictures from the night!
By TODD DEWEY
VIEW STAFF WRITER
Tedy Bruschi is one of the most intense players on the Super Bowl champion New England Patriots, but off the field, the eight-year NFL veteran, and husband and father of two, is fairly low key.
Bruschi, who lives in Las Vegas in the offseason, turned down myriad interview requests and appearances in the wake of New England's second Super Bowl title in three years, but did accept an invitation, from a high school acquaintance, to take part in the recent Nevada Reading Week.
Bruschi, who bought a home in Silverado Ranch three years ago, spent a couple of hours reading "The Night I Followed My Dog" to a second-grade and fifth-grade class at Watson Elementary School in North Las Vegas.
"I thought it was a great idea. Reading to kids is something I love to do," said Bruschi, who also brought along his Super Bowl XXXVI ring, helmet and jersey. "I think, sometimes, you forget how exciting football is to younger kids, and sports in general, but going out and talking to kids rekindles my love for the sport."
Lorna Tobias, who was in charge of the reading week at the school, was impressed by Bruschi's attitude.
"He was really down to earth and very friendly," she said. "He was just really family oriented. He seemed like just an average person to me. He seemed like he really enjoyed it and the kids really enjoyed it.
"He expressed to the kids that he loved to read and hoped they'd become lifelong readers. That was not something I asked him to do, but it was a good message."
The message seemed to get through to fifth-grader Celestina Cubio-Torres and her younger brother Manny, a second-grader. Their mother, Becki Cubio-Torres, went to Roseville High School with Bruschi, near Sacramento, Calif., and invited him to take part in the event.
"It was cool having someone our mom knew from high school coming to read to us, and having someone from a (pro) football team telling us to read," Celestina said. "It was really fun, having him tell us it's real good to read and to follow your dreams. I love reading."
Manny, an Oakland Raiders fan, enjoyed checking out Bruschi's helmet.
"We got to hold his football helmet," the second-grader said. "He told us we have to read a lot, because if we don't, we won't get to our goals in life."
Bruschi, who has been married for seven years to his wife, Heidi, with whom he has two sons, Tedy Jr., and Rex, has been coming to Las Vegas in the offseason since 1992, when his mother and brother moved to the area.
At the time, Bruschi, 6-foot 1 and 247 pounds, was a defensive end at the University of Arizona, where he was a three-time all-American and two-time finalist for the Lombardi Trophy, given annually to the top lineman in the nation.
Bruschi set a school record with 19 sacks as a sophomore and finished his career with 52 sacks, which tied the NCAA Division 1-A career record with the late Derrick Thomas, a former Alabama and Kansas City Chiefs standout.
Bruschi, drafted in the third round in 1996 by the Pats, wasn't big enough to play defensive line in the NFL, so he carved a niche on the team as a role player, eventually making himself invaluable, earning a starting linebacker spot and title of defensive captain.
"It was a tough adjustment (to the NFL), but I felt I established a role right away, rushing the passer," he said. "I was a situational pass rusher, on third down, and played on special teams.
"That role kept me on the team and I learned the linebacker position in the meantime, so when that chance came, I was ready."
The high-energy Bruschi scored his first touchdown, on any level, his rookie year and, that same season, had two sacks in Super Bowl XXXI against the Green Bay Packers.
Bruschi appeared in every game his first three seasons and then made a career-high 138 tackles in 1999, when he started 14 games at outside linebacker. He added 105 tackles in 2000, when he started all 16 games at weakside linebacker.
Bruschi returned two interceptions for touchdowns in each of the last two campaigns, and came up with seven of his eight career picks in the last three years.
He had three interceptions this season, when he made 131 tackles, and returned one for a touchdown in a 12-0 shutout of the Miami Dolphins that clinched the AFC East title.
Bruschi, who has 21 1/2 career sacks and has played in three Super Bowls with the Patriots, said winning this year's Super Bowl proved the Patriots are for real.
"I think this one proved our first championship was no accident," he said. "This year we proved we can not only win a championship, but do it in dominant fashion. Winning 15 in a row is all you have to say about that."
Bruschi said he loves playing in the snow, but not living in it, which is one reason he moved to Las Vegas. He said he enjoys simply spending time with his family in the offseason.
"Once the season ends, it's time to spend time with your family," he said. "I keep a low profile out here. I like seeing shows and seeing what Vegas offers besides gambling.
"My wife and I saw Luciano Pavarotti at Caesars Palace and that will probably be the highlight of my offseason. I like that type of music."
Bruschi, who said he likes to listen to Bruce Springsteen before games, will turn 31 in June and just wants to keep improving on the gridiron.
"My individual goals are simple. Every year I try to improve upon last year," he said. "It will be my ninth year next year and I've done that every year, improved as a football player and linebacker. I just had my best year as a pro and I'll try to build on that for next year."
|Tedy appeared with
Richard Seymour at Tweeter in Braintree 12/28/03
(Hundreds of people showed up so I couldn't get in but...there's always next time!)
Boston Herald 11/19/03
Check out this handsome couple!
Patriots dream comes true for local students
By Aaron Gouveia / News Staff Writer
Wednesday, October 29, 2003
NORFOLK -- Students at the Freeman-Centennial School think it's a treat to have donuts and muffins in class, but having them delivered by New England Patriots linebacker Tedy Bruschi is even better.
Bruschi, the Patriots defensive captain known for his endless hustle and toughness, came to the school yesterday morning as a top prize in Dunkin' Donuts "Sports Dreams" contest, won by Alice MacAulay of Norfolk. The prize consisted of Bruschi coming to MacAulay's choice of her work or school, so the mother of three sent Bruschi to meet about 50 third- and fifth-graders yesterday morning.
Her children, Kelsey, 13, Nicole, 10, and Kyle, 8, were the guests of honor and got to talk with Bruschi for more than an hour while snacking on donuts and other Dunkin' Donuts items.
"Tedy is my favorite player because he has three sacks so far this season," said Kyle, who is the biggest Patriots fan in the family, according to his mother.
Although Kyle said he was excited, he pointed out this was the fourth time he had met Bruschi, and his neighbor is Patriots tailback Kevin Faulk. Kyle said he also has met Tom Brady and Richard Seymour.
The wide-eyed students chanted "Tedy, Tedy" as the middle linebacker entered the room and sat down next to them. Bruschi asked what the children were studying, their favorite Patriot players and quizzed them on some team trivia.
Then it was his turn to answer questions, and students had no shortage of them. Bruschi answered almost all the students' questions, and they found out he drives a Toyota SUV, lives in North Attleboro, that his best friend on the team is Ted Johnson, and that he was married five years ago and has two children.
When he told the group he was born in San Francisco, one student even asked him why he doesn't play for the San Francisco 49ers.
Thomas McCarty, 8, asked Bruschi if a mini-game could be staged on the spot, pitting all the students against Bruschi.
"That'd be too easy, I'd run you guys right over," Bruschi joked.
Throughout the session, students displayed their high football IQs and Bruschi learned the kids had a definite knowledge of the game. One astute child even asked what happened during a controversial overtime coin flip two weeks ago against the Miami Dolphins, when all three Patriot captains complained the referees mistakenly awarded possession to the Dolphins.
Bruschi laughed and then told the class the story. He said Brady called heads and then the ref flipped the coin, but since it was a commemorative silver dollar and not a standard coin, Brady had trouble deciphering exactly which side was heads and which was tails. He admitted the referee was correct.
"The bottom line is Tom doesn't know heads from tails," Bruschi joked, noting they got the win anyway on an 82-yard touchdown pass to end the game.
Fifth-grader Russell Greenstein said he was thrilled to meet Bruschi, his favorite football player.
"It was pretty cool, it was really cool actually," Greenstein said. "I think I'll remember this for a long time."
His classmate Eddie Riddoch agreed and said, "Tedy is the first Patriot I've ever met and I'm going to tell all my friends."
The "peel and win" promotion was featured throughout January and Dunkin' Donuts worked with the six professional Boston sports teams to give people the opportunity to meet with Boston's marquee athletes on a personal level.
Although chances of winning one of the grand prizes was 1 in 45 million, MacAulay won by entering a second chance raffle, which occurs when prizes are not claimed. She said entering contests like these is a hobby of hers, which takes up a couple hours of each day.
Last year she won her family a four-day, three-night trip to Cancun from a Kellogg's contest.
October 21, 2003
New England Patriots Charitable Foundation News:
Patriots and American Red Cross host Blood Drive
With odds at 15.5 million to 1 to win a major Dunkin Donuts Sports Dream Prize, how can TWO people that I know who are originally from my hometown of ONE square mile win?!?!? Dave Dumas won a "Have Tedy Bruschi deliver Dunkin Donuts to your school or work" and has donated it to Central Falls High School. (The delivery has not taken place yet as of 9/20/03)
Lou & Sharon (Millar) Tager (Everyone from CF knew Mr. Millar...) of Coventry enjoyed a nice lunch with Tedy this August at Lucianos.. They had nothing but wonderful things to say about their afternoon with him and raved about what an awesome guy he is..... (no surprise here!)
Tedy appeared at a signing on July 19, 2003 at
Nashua Sports Collectibles.
Check out Signings Hotline.com for a list of Tedy's past signings.
Inside Track 07/10/03
Patriots tough guy Tedy Bruschi
served up treats at the
Inside Track 06/19/03
Tedy appeared at the Tristar Productions Card Show on
March 29, 2003 in Marlboro, MA.
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Catch Tedy in 2 Dunkin Donuts commercials (while the Sports Dreams promotion lasts.)
Time for Bruschi to Make the Donuts
01/03/2003 (Length – 1:10) Patriots linebacker Tedy Bruschi would rather be making preparations for a playoff game, but he takes some time Friday to make the donuts. Bruschi appears at a Dunkin’ Donuts in Medford, Mass., Friday as part of the company’s “Sports Dreams” promotion.
Listen to Tedy on 101.9, Cool 102 (Cape Cod) each Monday at 8:35am during the season!
(I'm working in the morning and miss it but if you catch it, post the scoop on the message board!)
Tedy appeared at the WHJJ Monday Night Football Radio show at the Warwick Mall on November 18, 2002.
September 13, 2002
Here are a couple of pictures from the TriStar Productions card show in Marlboro, Ma. I presented him with a bottle of Bruschi Brew 7 which was brewed by the Backers in honor.
Tedy plays Symphony Hall....
Bruschi will tackle the sax at Symphony Hall
By Nick Cafardo, Globe Staff, 5/23/2002
He was rehearsing the upbeat Eubie Blake tune, ''Fizzwater,'' on his alto saxophone, which he will perform with a saxophone quintet in a benefit gala for the Longy School at Symphony Hall June 17.
The goal is to raise funds for the school's scholarship and outreach program, which benefits students who can not afford music education.
It was only his second practice with saxophone instructor Andrew Cook, who was accompanying Bruschi on soprano sax.
''This is going to be more exciting for me than it will be for the kids,'' said Bruschi. ''I've been looking for something to get me back into my music. This is all I was before I played football.''
Growing up in Roseville, Calif., music was important to Bruschi and his parents.
''I started playing football when I was 14 and I had six or seven years of music before then,'' said Bruschi. ''I started out in the boys' choir, then played clarinet and alto saxophone. When I got to be 16 or 17, I had to make a decision, so I chose the cleats over the sax. It worked out well. This gave me a perfect excuse to get back into music and play with other people because I hadn't done it for so long.''
The Patriots' Charitable Foundation has come up with a catchy ad for Bruschi's night: ''From sacks ... to sax.''
Bruschi's participation in this event was inspired by a story about Bruschi's musical roots by the Globe's Bob Duffy during the Patriots' improbable Super Bowl run. Longy's Julie Fresina's brother Michael, who works at Street and Smith Business Magazine, contacted the NFL Players' Association, which contacted Bruschi
''I stopped playing in the band when I was on the JV football team,'' recalled Bruschi. ''I'd go from the JV football team and play in the varsity band in the varsity game. I went to the varsity as a junior, and I had to make a choice. But I always played a couple of times a year just to stay up on it.''
Bruschi's ability came as a bit of a surprise to Cook, but ''It's a nice surprise. It's good to see someone can balance athletics and arts and have that as an influence in his life.''
Cook, an avid football fan, said, ''It's the first time I've taught a celebrity and it's been a lot of fun. He's great to work with.''
Bruschi also plays his clarinet when he returns to his Tucson home for the offseason.
''It's really important that kids have something that taps the artistic side of them, whether it be their voice, whether it's an instrument, whether it be a brush or a pen,'' said Bruschi. ''To tap the artistic side is very important. Sports is a good outlet, but for me it's just violence and intensity a lot of times, so this keeps me in balance.''
Bruschi said his teammates don't know about his upcoming performance, but ''a lot of them will know when the article runs. When I was in high school I got a hard time for it. We'd practice at 6:30 in the morning and sometimes it was marching band. We'd be in the street practicing and here comes the football players and they see me and they give me a hard time. And I didn't care because it's what I loved and it's part of who I am.''
He often plays jazz, but he breaks out the Christmas tunes around the holidays.
His old saxophone is still in decent shape, but he was battling a leaky pad, which prevented him from hitting his low ''D.''
''It's my original sax,'' he said. ''I have a birthday coming up and I might ask for a new sax.''
Asked if he'll be nervous playing the Symphony Hall stage, Bruschi said, ''I've actually been there to hear the Pops play a couple of times. It's going to be quite an experience, one I'll never forget, and one that we can do as long as I'm here with the Patriots.''
Bruschi will be part of a June 9 ceremony in which Patriots players will be given their Super Bowl rings, according to the team's Web site ... Patriots coach Bill Belichick will receive the Baldwin Medal at commencement ceremonies at his alma mater, Wesleyan University, in Middletown, Conn., Saturday.
From Sacks to Sax
His heart raced as he wiped the sweat from his palms and brow. He had done all the interviews and greeted all the dignitaries. Now it was time to play. Tedy Bruschi, the soul of the New England Patriots, couldn’t wait to take the stage. This was the moment he had prepared for since he was just six years old.
This scene was not played out in a corner of a locker room in the bowels of the SuperDome minutes before Super Bowl XXXVI. It was June 17th, 2002 and Bruschi was about the play Boston’s Symphony Hall. A guest performer at the Longy School of Music’s annual fundraiser, Bruschi admitted he, “was more nervous getting ready for this than the Super Bowl.”
Bruschi, who didn’t start playing football until he was fourteen, began playing music when he was six years old and his instrument of choice was his voice. Singing in a boys’ choir known for blowing the roofs off churches, Bruschi fell in love with music. After a couple of years in the choir, he gave up singing for the clarinet and later moved on to the alto saxophone. Until his junior year in high school, when he had to pick between varsity football and playing in the band, music was Bruschi’s greatest passion.
“Music”, Bruschi says, “is still a big part of who I am. I don’t get to play as often as I would like, but this fundraiser gave me the perfect reason to get back into it and play with other people. For years now, I’ve just been playing alone. I have really enjoyed listening to other people play and working on some harmonies.”
Bruschi took to the Symphony Hall stage as part of a saxophone quintet including two thirteen-year-old girls, a fourteen year-old boy and their instructor from Longy, Andrew Cook. The piece they played, Eubie Blake’s Fizzwater, is an up-tempo, ragtime jazz number – one Bruschi had never even heard before he began practicing a few weeks before the event. “Heading into Symphony Hall, I am really glad I kept up with the sax over the years.” Bruschi said. “The ability to read music never left and when the music was sent to me, I knew immediately what parts would be easy and which I would need to practice more.”
Bruschi got together twice with Cook before having just one rehearsal with the whole group. Listening to them play, and judging by the enthusiastic response they received from the audience at Symphony Hall, one would never know the ensemble hadn’t been together for years.
Bruschi’s ties to the Longy School are still new, but should remain strong long into the future. Staff members at the small, but renowned school in Cambridge, Massachusetts read a blurb in a Boston newspaper about Bruschi’s love of music and decided to seek him out. Once Bruschi learned about the school and its philosophy of teaching, he was hooked. “I remember every one of my music teachers”, Bruschi said. “Each one had a huge impact on my life, my playing and my love of music. I have to admit, I don’t remember all of my football coaches.”
Bruschi is concerned as public schools around the nation cut budgets that fund music and arts departments. “Maybe”, he said, “there should be more schools like Longy and fewer football factories.”
With his Symphony Hall debut behind him, Bruschi took a moment to reflect on the whirlwind year he’s had. “I can’t imagine ever having a better year. First, the Super Bowl. Then, the birth of my second son and now the opportunity to play with this quintet and benefit the Longy School of Music, it’s been perfect for me. With my sports, my family, and my music, I’m in perfect balance.
EPA Awards Rhode Island Students for Environmental Art and Poetry
BOSTON – New England Patriots player, Tedy Bruschi will hand out awards for EPA New England to nearly 100 children from elementary schools in Rhode Island at a celebration at the Roger Williams Zoo & Casino tomorrow, Wednesday, May 22. Students from around New England participated n the annual Earth Artist contest to demonstrate their knowledge of and commitment to a clean environment.
"These young artists, working with their teachers, created artwork for EPA New England's 30th annual Paul G. Keough Earth Artist contest," said EPA New England's regional administrator Robert Varney. "They have shown us that they have a good understanding about the environmental challenges we all face, and help us to remember how we can all make a difference in creating a cleaner world. We should all honor these students and their teachers, who may well be tomorrow's environmental leaders."
Rhode Island winners of the Earth Artist contest will be recognized at the ceremony where their art and poetry will be displayed. Students will receive certificates for their accomplishments.
The Earth Artists program requires that teachers use class time to talk about environmental issues. The students are encouraged to submit either a poem or poster to EPA New England that demonstrates their knowledge. Children from kindergarten through sixth grade are eligible to participate. All submissions are judged by a panel of EPA staff.
Tedy Visits Calcutt Middle School
May 21, 2002
By Terrance HarrisThursday, February 21, 2002
Tedy Bruschi seemed to be all smiles and laughter during Wednesday's Bank of America Celebrity Pro-Am.
But the former UA All-American and linebacker of the New England Patriots was all business at Tucson National when he stepped up to the tee.
Bruschi and his group, including PGA pro Carlos Franco and amateurs Skip Corley, Dominic Mastronardi and Craig Starkey, were so serious, they won the event with a 21-under-par 51.
"I take it seriously, because I'm playing with a pro," Bruschi said. "I know if it was a pro-am football game, I would want the people I'm playing with to take my game seriously. I sort of want to do the same thing.
"We joke around, have fun and keep it light, but I want them to know that I respect their game."
Bruschi turned in the shot of the day when he hit the flag on a shot about 300 yards away on No. 5. Bruschi birdied the par-4 hole with a 4-foot putt on the next shot.
Bruschi said his showing Wednesday was a vast improvement from his other time playing the pro-am.
"They asked me what my handicap was, and I said maximum, which was 21," Bruschi said. "I'm a little bit better than that, but this is a tough course, so I need a few extra strokes to give me a little more encouragement."
While Bruschi played well, it was actor Kevin Costner who played to the crowd. And what a crowd it was. Costner drew a galley crowd of about 200 spectators, by far the largest following of the day.
The fans were not disappointed as Costner constantly conversed with the crowd and signed autographs throughout the 18-hole event.
Joining Costner and Bruschi as celebrity draws were White Sox center fielder and former UA basketball player Kenny Lofton and musician Alice Cooper. Costner and Cooper were in the same group, paired with PGA pro Brian Hull. They shot a 57, six shots behind Franco's group.
For Bruschi, Wednesday's Pro-Am was his first opportunity to unwind since the Patriots won the Super Bowl in New Orleans. Bruschi makes his off-season home in Tucson.
"Ever since we left the AFC Championship, I've been on the go," Bruschi said. "We left for New Orleans the next day.
"Then after winning the Super Bowl coming back to that parade in Boston with 1.2 million people, it's been a roller-coaster ride. It's now settling down, now that I'm back in Tucson."
Here are some pictures from the radio show during the 2001 season.
Arizona Athletics Presents
Who: The University of Arizona Athletics
Department and Honorary Co-Chairs,
Tedy and Heidi Bruschi request the honour of your presence
A fun filled evening of dancing to
live music, bidding on auction
items and spending time with other Wildcat Fans, Friends and Alumni.
When: Saturday, April 21, 2001
Registration and reception
Inside upper west concourse
Dinner, Dancing, Live and Silent Auction
The Grand Ballroom - McKale Memorial Center
Lute and Bobbi Olson Court
$200 per person ($125 tax-deductible)
$2,500 reserved table ($1,750 tax-deductible)