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Tedy Bruschi Shares Details of Stroke in First Comments Since Scare

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    Tedy Bruschi Shares Details of Stroke in First Comments Since Scare
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    This January 28, 2014, file photo shows former NFL player Tedy Bruschi talk with reporters during the ESPN media availability in the Empire West Ballroom at Super Bowl XLVIII Media Center at the Sheraton New York Times Square in New York.

    It appears Tedy Bruschi is in a good enough place to share his story.

    The former New England Patriots linebacker, who suffered a stroke on July 4, joined ESPN's "The Adam Schefter Podcast" on Monday to address the episode for the first time.

    "I'm doing very well now. Recovery has gone well," Bruschi began. "The amount of support that I've received from so many people -- my New England Patriot family, my ESPN family, all of my friends and loved ones -- it's been tremendous.

    Bruschi then described in detail what happened: He went for a run to his local high school, where his wife and son met him at the football field.

    "All of a sudden my left hand just started feeling weak," Bruschi recalled. "I was trying to set up and I had this equipment bag with me, and I was pulling up the equipment bag from the ground, and my left arm wasn't coming up."

    After losing the use of his left arm, Bruschi turned to his wife and asked, 'What's going on?' "

    "Those words didn't sound the way they sound right now," he said. "I slurred them. You couldn't understand what I was saying."

    Bruschi's wife then noticed the left side of his face was drooping. Bruschi, who suffered a stroke in 2005 while with the Patriots and since has been an advocate for stroke awareness, recognized these symptoms as tell-tale signs of another stroke.

    "We knew this was happening again after 14, 15 years," he said. " ... So we called 911 right away, and the ambulance came to the field and picked me up and then I was off to the hospital."

    Their immediate action, Bruschi said, likely prevented his situation from being any worse. Thankfully, the 46-year-old appears to be OK -- and now wants to share his story as a way to raise awareness about the early warning signs of strokes.

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