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FOXBORO, MA - DECEMBER 06: Former New England Patriots Tedy Bruschi speaks at the pdium during a halftime ceremony honoring his playing career as the Patriots host the New York Jets at Gillette Stadium on December 6, 2010 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

98.5 The Sports Hub staff report

Three-time Super Bowl champion Tedy Bruschi is becoming the latest Patriots great to join the coaching ranks.

But Bruschi’s jump won’t come in the NFL, as the 47-year-old and ESPN analyst of over 10 years has signed to be the senior advisor to the head coach at the University of Arizona.

There is a connection to Bruschi’s move, however, as the head coach he’ll be advising is Jedd Fisch, who spent the 2020 season as New England’s quarterbacks coach before taking the job with the Wildcats.

The move to Arizona also represents a homecoming of sorts for Bruschi, who played his college football and Arizona, and became a two-time First Team All-American during his four-year run at Arizona from 1991 through 1995. Bruschi is the program’s all-time leading sacker, with 55 sacks (a solid 24.5 more than the school’s second-place sacker), along with a school-record 19 sacks during his 1993 season.

12 Nov 1994: Defensive end Tedy Bruschi of the Arizona Wildcats runs down the field during a game against the Southern California Trojans at the Los Angeles Coliseum in Los Angeles, California. Southern California won the game 45-28.

Drafted by the Patriots in the third round of the 1996 NFL Draft, Bruschi was a leader during the Patriots’ first three-title run of the 21st century, was a two-team Second Team All-Pro, won the NFL Comeback Player of the Year Award in 2005, and was elected to the Patriots Hall of Fame in 2013.

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