Drew Bledsoe Is Officially A Patriots Hall of Famer
By Matt Noonan
It’s been an exciting past few days for the former New England Patriots quarterback, Drew Bledsoe who was recently enshrined in the team’s Hall of Fame on Saturday. Bledsoe was greeted by hundreds of fans that came to celebrate his nine-year career with the team, as well as the special moment too.
Yet, what do we remember most about Bledsoe? When we think of his name, what’s the first thing that comes to mind?
Well for starters, here’s a few talking points to jumpstart this conversation.
— Bledsoe is a guy that all Patriots fans will never forget. He was a tall, lengthy quarterback that made die-hards cringe. He often overthrew receivers, but when he was “on fire,” he was magical. Yet, he didn’t have the magic or power that Doug Flutie did.
— He butted heads with former head coach Bill Parcells, but somehow managed to lead the ’96 Patriots to the Super Bowl, which they lost. He was also a member of the AFC Pro-Bowl team that season, and led the league with 373 passes completed.
— He started in 123-of-124 games with the Patriots, as well as tossed 166 touchdowns and 138 interceptions. He also completed 2,544 passes for 29,657 yards.
— Bledsoe was the first pick in the ’93 NFL Draft and was selected to four Pro-Bowls too.
— In his nine seasons with the team, Bledsoe led the Patriots to three playoff appearances, as well as one AFC Championship game. Although, while he didn’t win a ring under center, he finally snagged one in ’01 when New England upset St. Louis in Super Bowl XXXVI, (thanks, Tom Brady).
— One of his finest games came against the Minnesota Vikings in ’94, where he helped the Patriots rally to beat the “Purple People Eaters,” 26-20 in overtime. On that particular day, Bledsoe completed 45-of-70 passes for 426 yards and three touchdowns.
So, what do you have to say, fans? Was Bledsoe a valuable member of the Patriots?
He may have not been Brett Favre, John Elway, Steve Young or Troy Aikman, but he was a solid quarterback that loved the game of football. In fact, I think it’s also fair to state that he was one of the main reasons the Patriots became a contender. Bledsoe will always be considered a valuable component of the Patriots modern day success, as well as their franchise, but in the end, he’ll always be remembered for his gutsy performances and efforts.
Bledsoe may not be headed to Canton, Ohio anytime soon, but that doesn’t matter because as of today, he’ll always be remembered as of the great Patriots players who sported the red, white and blue.