Re: Curran's Bruschi article
- I just want the man to be okay.
>room. It's getting harder to ignore.
> Tedy Bruschi's situation is like the elephant in the middle of the
>combined to make this an incredibly delicate story to pursue.
> What has happened, when it happened and who it happened to have
>whom is a newborn -- suffers a stroke. It doesn't matter if this
> Imagine, a 31-year-old husband and father of three sons -- one of
happens to Tedy Bruschi or a friend of your third-cousin's tax guy.
It still gives you pause.
>defense of the three-time Super Bowl champion Patriots. One of the
> Then factor in who Bruschi is -- the most visible player on the
most introspective and articulate athletes in the NFL. A self-made
player whose style is predicated on a willingness to sacrifice his
body, but also a player whose intelligence and intuitiveness are
unmatched. A professional athlete who doesn't chase every nickel and
treats the fans like they spent hard-earned money to watch him play a
kid's game. A handsome guy with a thousand-watt smile who oozes
sincerity every time he opens his mouth.
>from his first Pro Bowl. Ten days after the Patriots won the Super
> Then add in when the stroke occurred. Three days after he returned
Bowl when his fourth-quarter interception was one of the game-sealing
plays. Three weeks after he appeared on the cover of Sports
Illustrated. He had been one of the five most visible players in
America's most popular sport for more than a month before he was
>is, "What now?"
> For two months, the question that's been dangling but left unasked
>Score, it was suggested that Bruschi was going to have a procedure to
> Inevitably, rumors have surfaced. Yesterday morning on AM-790 The
repair a hole in his heart. Last night on the NFL Network, defensive
end Willie McGinest, when asked about Bruschi, said, "I think he had
a hole in his heart."
>Patriots explained that they intend to make no comment without being
> When called earlier in the day about the alleged heart defect, the
contacted by Bruschi and his wife, Heidi, and that they have not been
contacted. Aside from McGinest, who appeared to offer the information
by mistake, other teammates of Bruschi were in the dark.
>condition. And, even though he initially planned to hold a press
> So right now, Bruschi himself is the lone official source for his
conference days, that's been canceled and he's not interested in
talking to a media that he felt was invasive in its coverage both
when he was hospitalized and when he was released.
>back off. Generally, we have, and there have been good reasons for
> Bruschi let it be known in no uncertain terms that the media best
that. For one thing, the cause and effects of strokes take time to
figure out. For another, Bruschi has been accommodating and his
request for privacy deserves consideration. This is a matter of
public interest, not public safety, so it's not as if anyone can
allege there's a "right to know." And finally, who wants to be the
one to agitate a guy who just had a stroke?
>and free agency -- presses forward, it's becoming harder to stay out
> But as rumors surface and the business of football -- the NFL Draft
of the minefield that is Bruschi's situation and still say you are
effectively doing your job as a reporter.
>husband, role model and human being, towered in importance over the
> For a month, the status and well-being of Tedy Bruschi the father,
status of Tedy Bruschi, inside linebacker for the New England
Patriots. And how Bruschi performs those duties will always be more
important than how well (or if) he'll be able to knock people down on
Sundays in the fall and winter.
>was progressing and whether he would play football again. And it
> A month ago it wasn't necessary or productive to ask how Bruschi
didn't feel right, either.
>harder not to.
> A month later, it still may not feel right to ask. But it's getting
> Mrs. B (now knows WHY there have been no press conferences...)
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