Arizona Wildcats great Tedy Bruschi, a former New England Patriots linebacker, will serve as the NFL team’s honorary captain for the AFC championship game against Pittsburgh on Sunday.
Bruschi has served as the Patriots’ honorary captain eight times since the start of 2009 and the team is 8-0 in those games.
“With an undefeated record in games that we have honored him, I can’t think of a more perfect player to serve as honorary captain this Sunday,” owner Robert Kraft said in a statement. “He was called the perfect Patriot by head coach Bill Belichick, and he has lived up to that nickname with an 8-0 record in games where he has been a part of a Patriots celebration.”
Bruschi was an honorary captain in both the AFC championship and Super Bowl the last time the Patriots won the Super Bowl in the 2014 season.