The New England Patriots will have a familiar face on the field for the coin toss Sunday night.
The team announced Saturday afternoon that Tedy Bruschi will serve as an honorary captain for Super Bowl XLIX versus the Seattle Seahawks.
“He was called the perfect Patriot by head coach Bill Belichick,” Patriots chairman and CEO Robert Kraft said in a statement. “With an undefeated record in the games that we have honored him, including the 45-7 win in the AFC Championship game two weeks ago, Tedy is the perfect player to serve as our honorary captain for Sunday’s Super Bowl.”
Bruschi has been honored six times by New England since he retired before the 2009 season, and the Patriots have won all six of those contests.
The former third-round defensive end out of Arizona is part of the franchise’s All-2000s team and 50th Anniversary team. He converted to linebacker and played his entire NFL career with the Patriots from 1996 through 2008, and served as a key component in all three of the franchise’s Super Bowl victories.