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Former Patriots stars invade RI for charity

Three-time Super Bowl champion and New England Patriots Hall of Famer Tedy Bruschi is staying busy in retirement thanks to his charity, Tedy’s Team. (WJAR)

Three-time Super Bowl champion and Patriots Hall of Famer Tedy Bruschi is staying busy in retirement thanks to his charity, Tedy’s Team.

“For me, the problem I had when I had a stroke is that I did not know I was having a stroke. I did not know about the warning signs, the severe headache, the loss of vision, the numbness down the left side of my body, which are classic symptoms of a stroke, so I started ‘Tedy’s Team’ associated with the American Stroke Association so I can get that type of knowledge so I could get that type of knowledge and awareness out there,” Bruschi told Sports Team 10.

Bruschi will be hosting his annual charity touch football game on Saturday at Cranston Stadium. It will feature some other current and former Patriots, including Jerod Mayo, Brian Hoyer, Ty Law and Troy Brown, just to name a few.

“I try to make it like a pick up game. I’m not going to be tackling you or anything like that,” Bruschi said. “Hyper is our quarterback, he is going to be throwing it around. It’s fun to get out there and play the game of football, go up and down the field and score some touch downs and raise some money for Tedy’s Team and the American Stroke Association.”

Bruschi, a former linebacker, is also a football analyst for ESPN. He had plenty to say about the off-season drama up at Gillette Stadium.

“(During) the off-season, there is a lot of emotions. When the season ends and you lose the Super Bowl, there are a lot of emotions that players go through and that’s all I think it was this off-season. There was a lot of emotions from ownership, coaching staff (and) a lot of the players,” Bruschi said. “I like to month check it. It’s May and we are getting into June and we are going to get back into football and the New England Patriots will be just fine.”

Kickoff to the charity game is 11 a.m. at Cranston Stadium.

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