CHANDLER, Ariz. –** Earlier this week, Patriots Chairman and CEO Robert Kraft extended an invitation to three-time Super Bowl Champion and Patriots Hall of Famer Tedy Bruschi to serve as the team's honorary captain for Super Bowl XLIX.
New England will play in its eighth Super Bowl tomorrow when they face the defending champion Seattle Seahawks in a matchup of two number one seeds.
To help celebrate Super Bowl Sunday, Bruschi will be a part of the pregame festivities when he will accompany the team captains at midfield for the coin toss prior to the game.
"He was called the perfect Patriot by head coach Bill Belichick," said Kraft. "With an undefeated record in the games that we have honored him, including the 45-7 win in the AFC Championship game two weeks ago, Tedy is the perfect player to serve as our honorary captain for Sunday's Super Bowl."
Bruschi has been honored six times by the Patriots since he retired prior to the start of the 2009 season. The Patriots won all six of those games. Below is a list of the games when Bruschi was honored by the Patriots.
1.) Bruschi's first honor was at halftime of the Patriots' 25-24 win over the Buffalo Bills on Sept. 9, 2009, when members of the 50th Anniversary team were recognized.
2.) He had an opportunity to thank the fans at halftime as part of "Tedy Bruschi Night" in a 45-3 "Monday Night Football" win over the New York Jets on Dec. 6, 2010.
3.) Bruschi was an honorary game captain in the Patriots' 23-20 2011 AFC Championship win over Baltimore on Jan. 22, 2012.
4.) Bruschi was honored in a halftime ceremony to celebrate his induction into the team's Hall of Fame in the Patriots' 13-10 win over the New York Jets on Sept. 12, 2013.
5.) Bruschi was honored at halftime of the Patriots' 43-21 victory over Denver on Nov. 2, 2014, when the Patriots honored the players that won three Super Bowls with the team.
6.) Bruschi served as an honorary captain in the Patriots' 45-7 AFC Championship Game win vs. Indianapolis on Jan. 18, 2015.