Boston Marathon: Former UA star Bruschi near finish line at time of blast, but is safe

2013-04-15T15:18:00Z 2013-04-15T15:31:05Z Boston Marathon: Former UA star Bruschi near finish line at time of blast, but is safeBy Ryan Finley, Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star
April 15, 2013 3:18 pm  • 

Former Arizona Wildcats and NFL star Tedy Bruschi was watching from a finish-line area hotel during at the time of today's Boston Marathon blast but is safe, his charity posted this afternoon.

"All staff and Tedy's Team runners are accounted for," said a message on the charity's Facebook page. "We send our thoughts and prayers to the rest of Boston." 

Bruschi sponsors a charity team every year at the Boston Marathon, with proceeds benefiting the American Stroke Association. Bruschi suffered a stroke in 2005. 

Bruschi was set to watch the end of today's race from the Lenox Hotel, located near the finish line, but was evacuated following the blast.   Bruschi was in Tucson over the weekend to take part in UA alumni activities, but returned home in time for the race. Bruschi and his wife Heidi, a former UA volleyball and softball player, ran the marathon together a year ago. 

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