Twelve players were elected into the College Hall of Fame on Tuesday and one of those names was Tedy Bruschi.
Bruschi was an absolute monster who defied the odds and the expectations at Arizona from 1991-1995. He wasn't on the list of the 100 top recruits in the West, and was deemed too short and too small of a defensive lineman to be an effective player for the Wildcats. Bruschi never took these critics to heart and is now part of an elite class:
“I never played college football with this as my goal. My college football career was always about playing hard, doing the best you’ve got, and see how it went. And if you won or our lost, after the game was done, move on to the next game. I never really had any long-term goals of being in this prestigious class.”
Tedy was a 2 time All-American in 1993 and 1994, had 19 sacks in '93(more than Zona has had as a team in each of the past 2 years), and was apart of a defense that allowed only 30.1 rushing yards per game, which led the country. Former Arizona player Heath Bray, a teammate of Bruschi, knew this guy had talent his first year on campus:
“He was crazy fast off the edge. It didn’t take a genius to see he had something special as a freshman. He made play after play after play.”
In his last game in an Arizona uniform, Tedy Bruschi tied the NCAA record with 52 sacks in his career. We all know what Bruschi accomplished after his Wildcat days. Hats off to Tedy, well deserved. @joeloobs @patriotslife