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Critique Super Bowl Media Day Tedy Bruschi article, por favor

Discussion in 'Writers' Workshop' started by bbb1978, Mar 15, 2012.

  1. bbb1978

    bbb1978 Member

    Please critique my 2008 Super Bowl XLII Media Day article below. It was of Tedy Bruschi and his stroke suffered in 2005. Keep in mind that it was my first Super Bowl Media Day interview of any player in my career, so there's some imperfections, no doubt. I've written a short column back in 2004 on the Arizona Cardinals, but that was a piece of cake. This one was much more challenging, and at the time, I was afraid I'd screw up on such a medical topic such as Bruschi's. But my Sports Editor helped me make sure everything was factual, so it went well.
    I wrote it as a Sports Reporter for The Sierra Vista Herald/Bisbee Daily Review, from Sierra Vista, Arizona, located about an hour south of Tucson.
    Thanks for your time,
    Bruce Bourquin

    Bruschi a model for stroke victims
    Former Wildcat shares his story

    GLENDALE — The face of the New England Patriots’ defense throughout their
    21st Century dominance is also the face of University of Arizona football. Heading
    to his fourth Super Bowl in seven years, Tedy Bruschi is hoping to represent another
    cause — stroke victims. Weeks after the Patriots defeated Philadelphia
    in the 2005 Super Bowl, Bruschi was hospitalized and diagnosed with Patent
    Foramen Ovale, a congenital heart defect.
    “I don’t think I seriously started thinking about football until my vision actually returned, like two or three months later. Because if there’s one thing that I
    knew that would prevent me from playing football, if I couldn’t see to my left,
    I’d get killed out there,” Bruschi said at Tuesday’s Media Day. “Because the deficiencies on my left arm or my left leg, I could rehabilitate ... but how do you rehab
    an eye? You really just hope it comes back and for a lot of people it doesn’t, but I’m
    one of the lucky ones.”
    On Feb. 16, 2005, Bruschi was taken to a hospital after he suffered a mild stroke.
    The 1996 UA grad suffered partial paralysis on the left side of his body. After several
    months of rehabilitation in Boston, he announced he’d sit out the 2005 season.
    Bruschi performed a few tests with some medical professionals,
    and he had some mixed results in front of both them and his wife, then known as
    Heidi Bomberger, played for both the University of Arizona women’s volleyball team.
    Before that she attended Sahuaro High School in Tucson.
    “They had these white lights on a globe that lit up and you pushed a button if
    you could see them,” Bruschi said. “You push a button and I thought, ‘Hey, I’m doing
    great.’ Little did I know later on when I asked my wife how I did, she was just
    shaking her head.”
    However, on Oct. 16 of that year, Bruschi was medically cleared to resume playing
    football. New England activated
    him to play on Oct. 29,
    and he played the next night
    against the Buffalo Bills.
    For his efforts in an amazing
    comeback, Bruschi was
    named co-Comeback Player
    of the Year along with Panthers’
    receiver Steve Smith.
    He also wrote a book titled
    “Never Give Up: My Stroke,
    My Recovery, and My Return
    to the NFL.”
    Bruschi has spoken with
    several stroke patients during
    the past three years. Doctors
    and patients have used
    his story as an inspiration.
    “I think the one message
    that I’ve said, not by saying
    it, but by being here and doing
    what I do, is that if I can
    have a stroke and come back
    to play professional football,
    you can come back to do
    whatever it is you want to
    do,” Bruschi said. “Because
    who could think someone
    could play professional football
    after having a stroke
    and go back and wrestle
    with 300-pound men and
    put a helmet on and bang it
    According to the Web site
    about 160,000 people are
    killed each year by having a
    stroke, although a vast majority
    of people survive. It’s
    the third-leading cause of
    death in the United States,
    and it strikes approximately
    700,000 people each year,
    about once every 45 seconds.
    Nearly 75 percent of strokes
    happen to people who are
    older than 65.
    “It is O.K., you can experience
    a full recovery. The other
    thing that I’ve learned is
    sometimes when in you’re in
    recovery you think, ‘Something’s
    wrong with you.’ You
    think to yourself, ‘Why does
    this happen?’ One night you
    go to sleep and everything’s
    fine. Then you wake up, and
    one day your life’s changed
    forever. There’s nothing
    wrong with you, it happens
    to a lot of people.”
    From 1991 to 1995, Bruschi
    was a defensive end on the
    famed “Desert Swarm” defense.
    “Arizona was a place where
    I could succeed,” Bruschi
    said. “Dick Tomey taught me
    how to be a good collegian
    and the older players there
    taught me how to succeed.”
    On Nov. 24, 1995, with a
    sack of former Arizona State
    quarterback Jake Plummer,
    Bruschi tied former
    Alabama and Kansas City
    Chiefs star Derrick Thomas
    for the NCAA Division I-A
    record with 52 sacks.
    Bruschi would have the
    record all by himself had it
    not been for defensive tackle
    Chuck Osborne, who when
    Bruschi tackled Plummer
    piled on to get half-credit for
    the sack.
    “It was in the last minute
    of the last drive,” Bruschi
    said. “Just as I brought
    him down, Chuck Osborne
    jumped on him and I said to
    him, ‘Chuck, couldn’t you let
    me have this one by myself.’
    That was the play I remembered.”
  2. bbb1978

    bbb1978 Member

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