Tedy Bruschi, a fan-favorite linebacker who helped the Patriots win three Super Bowls, was elected to the team's Hall of Fame.
Bruschi was voted in by fans in his first year of eligibility. He was elected into the College Football Hall of Fame earlier this month.

“We knew when we drafted him in 1996 that ‘Bruschi’ was going to be a fan favorite in New England,” Patriots owner Robert Kraft said in a statement released by the team. “But, he was so much more than that. During the most successful era in the history of the franchise, Tedy was the heart and soul of the defense and proved to be a champion, both on and off the field."

Bruschi suffered a stroke in 2005, but returned to the NFL and played three more seasons before retiring in 2009. He appeared in 189 games, including five Super Bowls, and recorded 448 tackles, 30.5 sacks and had 12 interceptions.

Bruschi will be inducted to the Patriots Hall of Fame along with broadcaster Gil Santos at a ceremony Aug. 11 and he will also be honored at halftime of the Patriots' home opener Sept. 12 vs. the Jets.