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Wednesday, October 19, 2005 

He's Back

Patriots LB Tedy Bruschi will be back at practice today, and everyone has an opinion on whether it is a good idea for a recovering stroke victim to come back to the NFL.

I'm not a psychologist, but after any traumatic event, we go through certain stages: Denial, Anger, Acceptance, etc. In the big picture, we want to get our lives "back to normal". For Tedy Bruschi, the only way to return to normal is to play football, something he's done since he was a kid.

Personally, I'll be a little uncomfortable watching him out there, especially for the first few games. And I suspect that same feeling is motivating many of the media members who have harshly criticized his decision to return. It's easy to speculate "what would you do?" in this situation, because it's not real for us. We just see the money, the rings, and his family from a distance and conclude - "he should retire". Maybe Bruschi just has to prove to himself that he can come back, and will retire at the end of the season. I don't know. But he certainly gave the impression at his news conference on Monday that he hasn't been happier for months. All fans should wish him luck.

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