The ex-linebacker posted on social media accounts early Monday morning about his second stroke and did a little educating on the topic while updating his status.
"Around 10:30 a.m. on July 4th I lost use of my left arm," Bruschi wrote. "I then tried to speak and realized I was slurring my speech. As I turned to my wife she noticed the left side of my face was drooping. We immediately knew what was happening. These are stroke warning signs. We called 911 and an ambulance got me to the hospital. Thank you for all your kind thoughts and prayers. I'm doing much better."
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.
Bruschi, currently an analyst for ESPN, suffered his first stroke in 2005, three days after the Super Bowl. At the time, it was revealed that he had a congenital heart defect that resulted in a hole in his heart. Bruschi subsequently underwent a procedure to repair the hole. After sitting out the beginning of the 2005 season, he returned to play nine games that year, winning the Comeback Player of the Year award. The linebacker played an additional three seasons before retiring prior to the 2009 season.