After what he experienced last year as a spectator at the finish, Bruschi later made a vow to run in 2014 as part of "Tedy's Team."
"I told my runners that in 2014 I’d run and we’d all finish together," Bruschi told Runners World. "We were having a post-marathon party for our runners. I know that they'll be reliving all of it on Marathon Monday. And instead of performing the spokesman/support role, I want to go out there and be there for them and the rest of the city."
Bruschi, who grew up in California and played in college at the University of Arizona, also touched on how New England has become his home.
"This is an area that I love. I love living here," he said in the piece. "And playing football for the Patriots for 13 years, I learned that nothing says New England like the Boston Marathon."
Bruschi enters this year with one goal in mind: To finish.
"I know the chances are probably good that I'll finish above the time that I had back in 2012 because the heat was oppressive," he said. "People were dropping like flies out there. But I'll be pushing myself if the weather permits."