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Tedy Bruschi trades his helmet for a microphone

September 8, 2009 | 12:44 pm

Tedy It didn't take long for former New England Patriots linebacker Tedy Bruschi to find a new job.

A week after retiring from pro football, Bruschi has joined ESPN as an NFL analyst. The 13-year NFL veteran will make his debut on "NFL Live" on Thursday and should see plenty of face time on ESPN's multiple networks and websites in the weeks ahead.

Of course, it shouldn't surprise anyone that Bruschi would eventually trade in his helmet and shoulder pads for a microphone and earpiece. He's always had a reputation for being a media-savvy player who isn't afraid to comment or flash a smile in front of the cameras. I guess that's why named him to its All-Interview Team.

We'll see in the months ahead if his on-the-air analysis is as good as the on-the-field skills that played a big role in helping the Patriots win three Super Bowls over a five-year span.

-- Austin Knoblauch

Photo: Tedy Bruschi. Credit: Michael Dwyer / Associated Press