On Friday afternoon, Tedy Bruschi’s family released a statement revealing the former NFL star suffered a stroke on Thursday afternoon.
Bruschi, 46, suffered a stroke during his playing career, but fought back to play a few more seasons.
The first stroke occurred in February 2005, just a few weeks after leading the New England Patriots to their third Super Bowl title.
Here’s a statement from the family:
“Yesterday afternoon, Tedy had a stroke, known as a TIA. He recognized his warnings immediately: 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 for all they have done. Tedy and his family thank you for your ongoing encouragement, and kindly ask for privacy at this time,” the statement read.
Men’s Health ran a feature on Bruschi and his recovery from the stroke in 2014. In the issue, Bruschi revealed a heart defect caused his stroke:
“My doctors told me I had a congenital heart defect called a patent foramen ovale, or PFO, which is basically a small hole in my heart,” Bruschi revealed.
“A blood clot had formed in my body, and it found a sort of a shortcut through my heart defect to my brain. That caused an ischemic stroke, which is a blockage of blood to the brain.”
Our thoughts and prayers are with Tedy and the Bruschi family as he continues to recover.