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Unveiling the All-Bruschi Team

Recognizing clutch contributors, flag bearers who don't need a spotlight to shine

Updated: January 24, 2014, 2:02 PM ET
By Tedy Bruschi | ESPNBoston.com

When you look around in the huddle and the game is on the line, you want players who are fighters next to you.

Bigger, stronger, faster doesn't apply. I've seen plenty of those guys wilt when the pressure is at its highest.

What are you going to do when facing adversity and a play needs to be made? The second annual All-Bruschi Team recognizes the players who made plays for their team in those situations throughout the 2013 season.

You won't see many of these guys, if any of them, on TV commercials. Not yet. But they are the backbone of their team, players that I truly enjoyed watching this year. They aren't highly celebrated, but they're the flag carriers you need in order to win games.

Tedy Bruschi

Columnist, ESPN.com
Tedy Bruschi spent his entire 13-year career with the New England Patriots after being drafted in the third round out of Arizona. He played in five Super Bowls, winning three. He retired prior to the 2009 season.

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