arrived in New England as a third-round pick in 1996 as the NCAA’s all-time sacks leader. Now he’s a member of the College Football Hall of Fame.
Bruschi was one of 12 members elected among college football’s elite, joining two other former Patriots – former Oklahoma linebacker Rod Shoate
and former Miami quarterback and Heisman Trophy winner Vinny Testaverde
. The remaining players are NC State tailback Ted Brown
, Wisconsin running back Ron Dayne
, Nebraska quarterback Tommie Frazier
, Texas defensive back Jerry Gray
, Eastern Kentucky’s Steve Meilinger
, Ohio State tackle Orlando Pace
, Michigan State linebacker Percy Snow
, Baylor quarterback Don Trull
and Florida quarterback Danny Wuerffel
. Dayne and Wuerffel also were Heisman Trophy recipients.
Bruschi, who is also one of three finalists for induction into the Hall at Patriot Place presented by Raytheon
, enjoyed a stellar career at Arizona, where he was a two-time All-American defensive tackle and was the Pac-10’s Defensive Player of the Year in 1995. He then went on to a terrific 13-year career as a Patriots linebacker, playing a big part in five Super Bowl trips and three titles.