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Three years after a stroke, Bruschi's back for his fifth Super Bowl

Nearly three years ago, Tedy Bruschi suffered a stroke that imperiled not just his career but his life. The former University of Arizona star's comeback continues in suburban Phoenix with his fifth Super Bowl appearance.

Originally Published: January 29, 2008
By Len Pasquarelli | ESPN.com

PHOENIX -- Nearly three years after Tedy Bruschi's brush with death, his locker stall overflows with fan mail.

Consider the passion with which the New England Patriots defensive captain performs, and it's easy to forget he suffered a stroke in February 2005.

But the thousands of fans who fill the plastic mail bins at Gillette Stadium with missives detailing their own setbacks and why Bruschi inspires them -- well, they've got long memories.

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