New England Patriots' Brandon Meriweather (31), Tedy Bruschi (54) and Ellis Hobbs (27) tackle Kansas City Chiefs' Tony Gonzalez in the second quarter of an NFL football game, Sunday, Sept. 7, 2008, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)
BOSTON (AP) - Tedy Bruschi is retiring after a 13-year career marked by an inspiring return to the New England Patriots as a
starting linebacker eight months after a stroke.
A person familiar with his decision tells The Associated Press
that the 36-year-old Bruschi will announce his retirement at a news conference Monday morning. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because no announcement had been made. The team declined comment Sunday night.
Bruschi played on all three Super Bowl-winning Patriots teams.
The last championship game was on Feb. 6, 2005, against the
Philadelphia Eagles. Ten days later he was hospitalized after
experiencing numbness in his left arm and left leg and blurry
vision and was diagnosed with a mild stroke.