TUCSON, Arizona — Upon being hired, coach Jedd Fisch was looking to reconnect the Wildcat program to its past success during the 1990s.
No one embodies that like 3-time Super Bowl Champaion and College Football Hall of Famer Teddy Bruschi. The two were introduced over text by Patriots head coach Bill Belichick.
"I invited him over to home to have coffee," said Bruschi. "And, he just kind of talked to me about what Arizona Football meant to him. His wife was an Arizona athlete as you all know, and from Tucson."
Bruschi is currently an analyst for ESPN, and he wasn’t interested in making a full time transition to coaching.
"We talked, and I mentioned to him that there might be a situation here that a lot of teams have to create an adviser-like role."
The two quickly built a relationship, and Bruschi accepted Fisch’s offer to be senior adviser to the head coach.
"He can be a reference for me at times. There’s an opportunity for him to talk to our guys whether it be social justice, or our leadership counsel."
Fisch believes Bruschi’s first in-person appearance will be during the spring game in April.