Tedy Bruschi "recovering well" after having a stroke

ESPN NFL analyst and former New England Patriots linebacker Tedy Bruschi suffered a stroke on Thursday

The family didn't offer details about exactly where or when Bruschi suffered the episode, though it thanked the nurses, doctors and staff at Sturdy Memorial Hospital, which according to its website is in Attleboro, Massachusetts.

Bruschi attended the University of Arizona 1991 to 1995.

Bruschi, now 46, played for the Patriots his entire career, winning three Super Bowls before retiring after the 2008 season.

The 46-year-old suffered a stroke in 2005 during his National Football League career and has been an advocate for stroke awareness with his charity, "Tedy's Team" since. The statement said Bruschi recognized his symptoms, arm weakness, face drooping and speech difficulties, immediately. The family asked for privacy at this time.

"According to the National Stroke Organization, "(w) hile TIAs generally do not cause permanent brain damage, they are a serious warning sign that a stroke may happen in the future and should not be ignored".

After retiring from the NFL, Bruschi became an ESPN analyst. 'About 1 in 3 people who have a transient ischemic attack will eventually have a stroke, with about half occurring within a year after the transient ischemic attack.

Chairman and CEO Robert Kraft released a statement on behalf of the team Friday afternoon, wishing the former Patriots linebacker well in his recovery.

Drafted as a defensive end out of the University of Arizona in the third round of the 1996 NFL Draft and quickly converted to linebacker, where he became one of the team's most reliable players.

Bruschi created a running club called Tedy's Team to raise funds and awareness for the American Stroke Association.

Men's Health ran a feature on Bruschi and his recovery from the stroke in 2014.

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