ESPN NFL Analyst and former Patriots linebacker Tedy Bruschi and his wife Heidi will run the 116th Boston Marathon on Monday, along with 40 other runners from Bruschi's foundation, Tedy's Team, which raises money for the American Stroke Association.
In an interview with ESPN Front Row, Bruschi explains how his NFL-sponsored ascent of Mt. Kilimanjaro last year and support from other runners in his foundation led to his decision to train for and attempt the Boston Marathon this year:
What made you decide to run the Boston Marathon?
After my stroke in 2005, I started an organization called Tedy's Team in partnership with the American Stroke Association. Our runners who run the Boston Marathon and the Falmouth (Mass.) Road Race would ask me when I was going to run but I was always playing football. My automatic response was 'I only train for eight-second bursts' and a marathon was just something I couldn't even fathom accomplishing. Then I retired and they kept asking when I would do it. Climbing Kilimanjaro last year made me think about things that I could accomplish physically even though I was no longer in the NFL. After I got off that mountain, I told my runners I would attempt to run the Boston Marathon.
How did the Mt. Kili climb change your perspective?
That was something I never thought I would do. It opened my eyes. Running is something I never would have thought about doing while I played football. When I was climbing Kili, I also met former NFL player Chad Lewis. He has an incredible energy. I told him about Tedy's Team and he wanted to run the marathon, too,in honor of his father, who was a stroke survivor. We're going to run together.
Click HERE to check out more of the interview with Bruschi. And check back on raceday and we'll let you know how Tedy did.