Wednesday, October 2, 2013
Tedy Bruschi, the University of Arizona great turned Super Bowl champ turned TV commentator, is among those getting inducted into the National Football Foundation's College Hall of Fame, the fourth such Wildcat player to earn the honor.
The official induction ceremony isn't until December in New York City, but the NFF's local chapter is making sure those in Tucson interested in giving Bruschi their well-wishes have a shot.
A lunch reception is scheduled for Oct. 18 at the DoubleTree Hotel on Alvernon Way. Tickets to the event are $50 per person, or $500 for a table of 10, which gets you access to a cocktail reception followed by a luncheon.
Additional information can be found on the event's Facebook page.
The other former UA players in the NFF Hall of Fame are Ricky Hunley, Chuck Cecil and Rob Waldrop. Players are only eligible if they were named to the first team of an eligible All-America list during college, and eligibility comes 10 years after their college career is over and they've retired from professional football.
Bruschi played at the UA from 1992-1995, where he finished with 52 sacks, tied for most in NCAA history. He was the 1995 Pac-10 Defensive Player of the Year and a linchpin in the Desert Swarm defense that put Arizona on the map in the early- to mid-1990s.
Bruschi went on to play 13 seasons for the New England Patriots, winning three Super Bowl titles along the way.
Here's a highlight package (straight from the wayback machine, before college gear became so high-tech) the UA put together after Bruschi's induction was first announced in May: