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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (307 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Tedy Bruschi Narrator: Mark Lee Adams Publisher: Gildan Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: April 2008 ISBN: 9781596592360
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As a linebacker for the New England Patriots, who had just won their third Super Bowl in four years, Tedy Bruschi was no stranger to pain or to overcoming a challenge. But even 11 years in the NFL had not prepared him for what happened at four o'clock in the morning on February 16, 2005.

Tedy awoke with an intense headache and was forced to crawl to the bathroom because his left arm and leg were not working very well. Seven hours later—as he lay on an ER gurney, his vision blurred, his arm and leg useless—he was stunned to learn that he had had a stroke. A few days later, he confessed to his family and his team that he believed his football-playing days were over.

In Never Give Up, Tedy Bruschi tells the powerful and inspiring story of the day when everything he believed about himself and his future was turned upside down, and how its long and grueling aftermath challenged his faith, his marriage, and his career. From the heartbreak of being warned by doctors not to pick up his children to the terrifying prospect of heart surgery, Tedy paints a vivid portrait of the obstacles faced by stroke survivors.

Tedy has a vital message for stroke survivors: You can do it. You can take charge of your recovery, reclaim your life, and achieve the goals you set for yourself before disaster struck. It won't be easy; it will be the hardest thing you've ever done, but you'll have plenty of help. You'll have the expert care of highly trained doctors and therapists, the loving support of family and friends, and the inspiring example of Tedy Bruschi's unforgettable memoir, Never Give Up.                                        

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Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Krystle | 1/17/2014

    " <3 me some Tedy Bruschi. Great book! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Colleen | 1/14/2014

    " Bruuuuuschi...if you are a Tedy fan, it gives you some good background as to how difficult it was for him to make the return to pro-football. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Molly | 1/8/2014

    " I would have like this better if it was Holley writing alone about Tedy but this is still such an inspiring story. I had no idea about half of what he went through until reading this. I still can't believe he went back to football. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dawn Stockbridge | 12/22/2013

    " Inspirational & awesome...just like Tedy!!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Paul | 12/21/2013

    " inspirational book on the recovery of Tedy Bruschi from a stroke "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lisa | 12/19/2013

    " Great book, although there is a great deal of play by play football game action. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Andrea | 12/11/2013

    " I loved this book...it gave you a look into everything Tedy Bruschi went through after suffering a stroke. Towards the end there is a lot of play by play football, which not everyone might like. It was defintely an easy read! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Katie | 9/14/2013

    " This certainly is not a literary masterpiece...but it's always good to read about how someone overcomes adversity..in this case...being a PRO football player...having a stroke...and managing to come back to the NFL (Patriots) and being a integral part of the organization's success. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kerri | 9/7/2013

    " this was really good. You'll learn a lot about strokes, the Patriots and Tedy. He really has the heart of a champion. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kristin Bateman | 4/16/2013

    " It's not very well-written, but Tedy is THE MAN...so I gave him an extra star. : ) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Melissa | 3/14/2013

    " Inspirational story. I had a hard time getting into it because it seemed to jump around a lot, and didn't go into many details when the stroke actually happened and the repair surgery on his heart, so I kept getting confused about his rehab progress. Overall, a story with a happy ending. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Denise | 2/8/2013

    " Clearly at least a must read for at least a Patriots fan if not for all football fans. Mr. Bruschi writes from the heart (yes, pun intended). I would recommend this book for anyone looking for inspiration in unlikely places. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lynne | 12/1/2012

    " I was so interested in Bruschi's story. I found out quite a bit about his life as well. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 James | 9/30/2012

    " this book showed me to keep going in life and go for ur dream "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Paul Pisani | 6/23/2012

    " Easy Read - story about Tedy Bruschi and his struggles with a stroke. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Colleen | 6/20/2012

    " Inspirational. Tedy Bruschi is a breath of fresh air among elite athletes. The book itself was a little repetitive, but I still cried at times. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sue | 4/12/2012

    " I really liked this book. It was very inspiring to read about his stroke and recovery and how his family coped with the changes in his life. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amy | 8/9/2011

    " Loved this- esp for a Pats fan and esp given Bruschi's recent retirement. I thought it dragged just a little bit at the end, but overall was a great, inspirational read and gave me a lot of insight on a player I already respected. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rebecca | 4/23/2011

    " what more do I have to say then Tedy Bruschi! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sue | 3/5/2011

    " I really liked this book. It was very inspiring to read about his stroke and recovery and how his family coped with the changes in his life. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Denise | 2/5/2011

    " Clearly at least a must read for at least a Patriots fan if not for all football fans. Mr. Bruschi writes from the heart (yes, pun intended). I would recommend this book for anyone looking for inspiration in unlikely places. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Paul | 1/30/2011

    " inspirational book on the recovery of Tedy Bruschi from a stroke "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Krystle | 12/21/2010

    " <3 me some Tedy Bruschi. Great book! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Paul | 7/30/2010

    " Easy Read - story about Tedy Bruschi and his struggles with a stroke. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Colleen | 7/18/2010

    " Inspirational. Tedy Bruschi is a breath of fresh air among elite athletes. The book itself was a little repetitive, but I still cried at times. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 James | 11/24/2009

    " this book showed me to keep going in life and go for ur dream "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amy | 8/31/2009

    " Loved this- esp for a Pats fan and esp given Bruschi's recent retirement. I thought it dragged just a little bit at the end, but overall was a great, inspirational read and gave me a lot of insight on a player I already respected. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kerri | 5/8/2009

    " this was really good. You'll learn a lot about strokes, the Patriots and Tedy. He really has the heart of a champion. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Katie | 10/22/2008

    " This certainly is not a literary masterpiece...but it's always good to read about how someone overcomes adversity..in this case...being a PRO football player...having a stroke...and managing to come back to the NFL (Patriots) and being a integral part of the organization's success. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lynne | 9/10/2008

    " I was so interested in Bruschi's story. I found out quite a bit about his life as well. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Molly | 7/18/2008

    " I would have like this better if it was Holley writing alone about Tedy but this is still such an inspiring story. I had no idea about half of what he went through until reading this. I still can't believe he went back to football. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Melissa | 6/5/2008

    " Inspirational story. I had a hard time getting into it because it seemed to jump around a lot, and didn't go into many details when the stroke actually happened and the repair surgery on his heart, so I kept getting confused about his rehab progress. Overall, a story with a happy ending. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Colleen | 3/21/2008

    " Bruuuuuschi...if you are a Tedy fan, it gives you some good background as to how difficult it was for him to make the return to pro-football. "

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About the Author

Tedy Bruschi was a linebacker with the New England Patriots for twelve years, playing in four Super Bowls and winning three; he has also been named to the Pro Bowl. He currently works for ESPN as an analyst and lives in North Attleboro, Massachusetts, with his wife, Heidi, and their three sons.