Northwest Athlete Profile: Drew Bledsoe

NFL Football: Drew Bledsoe

Drew Bledsoe is a 4-time Pro Bowl QB that had a long career in the NFL and has one Super Bowl ring.

Born February 14th, 1972 Ellensburg, Washington

He attended Walla Walla high school and was a letterman in football and basketball.

Bledsoe decided to stay close to home and attend Washington State where he was a starter in the 3 years he was with the Cougars.

In 1992 he led WSU to a 9-3 record and a 31-28 win over in the Copper Bowl.

After his junior season where he set WSU record of most passing yards in a single game, pass completions in a season, and single-season passing yards he was named the Pac-10 Offensive Player of the Year.

Bledsoe decided to skip his senior season and enter the NFL draft, which was a good idea since he was the #1 pick by the New England Patriots.

In his rookie season he was named a starter and in his 8 years in a Patriots uniform he led the team to Super Bowl XXXI, which they lost, and then a win in Super Bowl XXXVI.

Drew Bledsoe

Drew Bledsoe Northwest Athlete Profile

While he was not the starter in Super Bowl XXXVI he was still key in the Patriots getting to the big game.

In the 2nd game of the 2001 season Bledsoe was injured and a guy named Tom Brady took his place. Brady had a stellar season, but in the AFC title game he was injured and Bledsoe came in and was 10/21 for 102 yards and a TD and 0 INT in helping the Pats beat the Steelers.

With Brady taking over Bledsoe left New England and played in Buffalo from 2002-2004 and in Dallas in 2005-2006.

When Bledsoe retired before the 2007 season he finished his career ranking 5th in NFL history in pass attempts and completions, 7th in passing yards, and 13th in TD passes.

It is not a stretch to think he will be in the Hall of Fame someday.

You know how beloved Bledsoe was in New England, as he played in 3 games facing the Patriots after he left and was cheered loudly all 3 times.

In terms of awards Bledsoe was a 4-time Pro Bowl selection, 2-time All Pro selection, was the 1992 Pac-10 Offensive Player of the Year, 2nd Team All American in 1992, and is a member of the New England Patriots Hall of Fame.

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