Bruschi elected to college hall of fame

Former Patriots linebacker Tedy Bruschi, a standout at the University of Arizona where he was a dominant defensive tackle and two-time All American, has been elected to the college football Hall of Fame, it was announced on Tuesday.

Bruschi, who is also among the three nominees for the Patriots Hall of Fame this year, was one of twelve newly elected members.

Though he was not a high-profile recruit coming out of Roseville High School in Roseville, Calif., Bruschi became one of the best defensive lineman of his time while at Arizona. He tied the NCAA career mark for sacks and was named the Pac-10's defensive player of the year in 1995.

The Patriots made Bruschi a third-round selection in 1996 and converted him to linebacker, where he became one of the most popular and productive Patriots of his time. He played an integral role in three Super Bowl championships and was named to the Pro Bowl in 2004.

Bruschi finished his 13-year career (all with the Patriots) in 2008, and now works for ESPN and ESPNBoston.com as an NFL analyst.

For more on the 2013 class, which also includes Vinny Testaverde and Danny Wuerffel among others, check out this story on ESPN.com.