Former Arizona Wildcat Bruschi: "I was in the middle of both explosions"

Former Arizona Wildcat Bruschi: "I was in the middle of both explosions"

CREATED Apr 16, 2013

Reporter: Justin Schecker

TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - Tucsonans remember Tedy Bruschi from his days playing linebacker at the University of Arizona in the early 1990s, but the former Wildcat is just as popular in Boston. 

After a visit to Tucson over the weekend, the three-time Super Bowl champion with the New England Patriots was in Boston during the bombings at the Boston Marathon Monday.

Since he overcame a stroke in 2005, Bruchi has sponsored a charity team that runs in the Boston Marathon in support of the American Stroke Association.       

When the bombs went off, he was in a hotel overlooking the marathon near the finish line on Boylson Street.     

"I felt the second explosion to the rear of where I was looking out and sort of felt the whoosh from behind my head," Bruschi said on ESPN SportsCenter. "I was in the middle of both explosions and looked to the left and saw the same thing happen there." 

Across the sports world Monday night, athletes and their fans paused for moments of silence for the victims of the bombings. 

In Boston, the Red Sox had already wrapped up a 3-2 win Monday morning before the tragedy unfolded. It is a Patriots Day tradition for the Red Sox to play their game early in the morning.      

The Monday night Boston Bruins hockey game was postponed and tonight's Boston Celtics has been completely cancelled.