Former New England Patriots captain and 3-time Super Bowl Champion Tedy Bruschi, along with many other former and current Patriots hit the field at Cranston Stadium on Saturday to play the second annual F.A.S.T Celebrity Touch Football Game.
Bruschi was joined by Tedy’s Team, a group of runners that raise funds at both the Boston Marathon and the Falmouth Road Race that go toward the American Stroke Association.
Bruschi suffered a stroke back in 2005 shortly after the Patriots won their third Super Bowl. Since then, Bruschi has been committed to raising funds and awareness for stroke research and survivors.
F.A.S.T. is an acronym for the warning signs of a stroke according to the American Stroke Association: Facial drooping, arm weakness, speech difficulty, and time to call 911. If someone is experiencing the first three symptoms, then it is time to address the situation.
Members of the New England Patriots that were present included: Bruschi, Ty Law, Matt Chatham, Troy Brown, Dan Koppen, Christian Fauria, Patrick Pass, Jerod Mayo, Tebucky Jones, and Brian Hoyer.
Bruschi appreciated the turnout from his former teammates.
“It just shows the relationships from playing football together. High school, college, pros, it’s the same thing, to all support each other in what they do,” said Bruschi. “Ty Law, Troy Brown, Patrick Pass, Tebucky Jones, Jerod Mayo, all the guys who care, it’s so great. It’s so great that all the relationships that we made over the course of my 13-year career, we still support each other.”
There were many other local celebrities too, coming from television stations and even some local athletes.
Although the score was not what was important, Bruschi could not help but let his competitive nature take over at times.
“You look at the score, you see that you’re down by six or you’re up by six and you just want it to be tight in the fourth quarter,” said Bruschi.
Fans were also able to meet and greet with the Patriots players for photos and autographs after the event.
Ultimately, Bruschi was pleased with how the day went and will continue to fight for his cause.
“I am a stoke survivor, 2005 is when I had my stroke. Since then we have been trying to raise awareness for strokes and raise funds for research.