Bruschi elected to Patriots Hall of Fame

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FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- Former Patriots linebacker Tedy Bruschi was announced on Tuesday as the newest member of the Patriots Hall of Fame. He was voted in by fans, edging out fellow finalists offensive tackle Leon Gray and head coach Chuck Fairbanks.

Bruschi will become the 19th former player to be inducted into the team's Hall of Fame, and he'll be one of two new members to join in 2013. Longtime radio play-by-play announcer Gil Santos will also be welcomed into the hall.

The Patriots selected Bruschi in the third-round of the 1996 NFL draft after his decorated career as a defensive lineman at the University of Arizona (he was recently announced as a new member of the college football hall of fame), and he went on to enjoy a sensational tenure as a linebacker in the NFL. Bruschi was part of the franchise's three Super Bowl victories and was twice named to the Pro Bowl. He became a popular figure in New England for his penchant for big plays and unrelenting style on defense.

In 2005, Bruschi was named the co-recipient of the NFL's comeback player of the year after returning to football just eight months after suffering a stroke. He went on to play three more seasons before retiring in August of 2009. He finished his career with more than 1,000 tackles, 18 forced fumbles, 12 interceptions and five defensive touchdowns scored.

Bruschi, now a colleague with ESPNBoston.com and also an NFL analyst for ESPN, remains active in the local community through his charity Tedy's Team, which supports the American Stroke Association.

The Patriots will induct Bruschi and Santos into the team's hall of fame on Aug. 11, and then honor Bruschi in a halftime ceremony on Sept. 12 against the New York Jets.