Tedy Bruschi's message to Patriots fans: Refuse to be brainwashed

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- Former New England Patriots linebacker Tedy Bruschi, who now serves as an analyst for ESPN, was a guest on sports radio WEEI Tuesday as part of his in-season weekly appearance.

Naturally, a big topic of discussion was two reports -- one from ESPN, one from Sports Illustrated -- that were released Tuesday. Bruschi touched on how he's skeptical of unnamed sources.

"I have this theory, I refuse to be brainwashed by the NFL, based on so many reports, so many league sources, so many unnamed sources, that just aren’t true," Bruschi said on the "Dale and Holley Show." "I refuse to be brainwashed by what they release or what they say through unnamed sources. "So what do I say to Patriots fans? I say refuse to be brainwashed. Believe what you see on the screen. When you see them win, when you see them make plays, when you see them win the Super Bowl last year, that’s what you need to believe."

Bruschi, naturally, has an insider's perspective from having played 13 seasons with the franchise. His reaction to the reports?

“This all happened a long time ago. We’re talking about the past. I remember playing during all of this. The reasoning for it being rehashed, there are so many theories out there. … As I read these stories today, this was a long time ago," he said. "I played during the time, and I knew what it was like in that locker room. A lot of times Spygate is brought up, the allegations and accusations of cheating is always brought up, and I say this over and over again, I’m very secure in the winning that we had. I’m very secure on how we won, what work was put in, and what the players did. I know what I sacrificed to continue playing for that one organization for 13 years. I know what went in, so I’m very secure with all our success.”

Bruschi was asked if it makes him mad.

"You’ve heard it," he said, referencing past appearances when his emotions rose. "Today, gosh, I’m just tired of being angry, tired of having to defend all the time. I just go back to how secure I am of what happened. I read it and hear what some of the other players are saying. Let me be completely honest with you, I was reading some of it and I just chuckled at some of the things that some of the anonymous players and executives were saying. … It was like, ‘Man, no wonder you lost against us. You were thinking about so many other things.’”