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Former Patriots LB Tedy Bruschi suffers 2nd stroke

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  • By Grant Gordon NFL.com
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Former New England Patriots linebacker and Super Bowl champion Tedy Bruschi suffered a stroke on Thursday but returned home from the hospital Friday and is "recovering nicely," his family announced Friday via his Tedy's Team social media accounts.

The second of two statements read: "Thank you all for the outpouring of love and support for Tedy and his family. He is home resting and recovering nicely. He is appreciative of all the kind words and well wishes from his fans, friends and community."

This is the second stroke for the 46-year-old Bruschi, who won three Super Bowls with the Patriots.

A statement released Friday morning stated that Bruschi had a Transient Ischemic Attack and immediately recognized the warning signs: arm weakness, face drooping and speech difficulties.

"Tedy is recovering well, and would like to thank the nurses, doctors and staff at Sturdy Memorial Hospital (Attleboro, Massachusetts) for all they have done," the first statement read. "Tedy and his family thank you for ongoing encouragement, and kindly ask for privacy at this time."

TIA is "often called a mini-stroke, but it's really a major warning. ... TIAs may signal a full-blown stroke ahead," according to the American Stroke Association.

The Patriots and team chairman and CEO Robert Kraft sent out a statement Friday afternoon.

"On behalf of the of the entire Patriots organization, we extend our love, thoughts and prayers to Tedy and the Bruschi family while we wish him godspeed in a complete recovery," it read in part.

Bruschi, who is currently an analyst for ESPN, had his first stroke in 2005 during his playing career and three days after the 2005 Super Bowl. It was revealed that he had a congenial heart defect that resulted in a hole in his heart. Bruschi subsequently underwent a procedure to repair the hole and after sitting out the beginning of the 2005 season returned to play nine games that year.

He was the 2005 NFL Comeback Player of the Year and finished his 13-season career with 1,063 tackles, 30.5 sacks and 17 forced fumbles.

Since he retired following the 2008 season, he has twice participated in the Boston Marathon.

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