Bruschi Stroke Football

Tedy Bruschi gives an interview in January 2014 at the NFL Super Bowl XLVIII media center in New York. The former Patriots linebacker is recovering from a second stroke, which he suffered Thursday.

ATTLEBORO, Mass. — Former New England Patriots linebacker Tedy Bruschi is recovering in a hospital after suffering a second stroke.

His family says in a statement the 46-year-old suffered the stroke Thursday and immediately recognized the warning signs of arm weakness, face drooping and speech difficulties.

Bruschi was admitted to Sturdy Memorial Hospital in Attleboro, where his family said Friday he was "recovering well."

Bruschi had a stroke in February 2005, days after the Patriots won the Super Bowl. He then learned he had a congenital heart defect that produced a hole in his heart. He had surgery to repair the hole and retired.

But he sat out less than a year before returning for the seventh game of the 2005 season.

He played three more seasons with the Patriots and announced his retirement just before the start of the 2009 season. He’s since worked as an analyst for ESPN.

In all, Bruschi played all 13 of his NFL seasons for the Patriots, winning three Super Bowl rings with the team. He entered the Patriots Hall of Fame in 2013.