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Encyclopedia > Drew Bledsoe
Drew Bledsoe
Bledsoe in pre-game stretches
Position(s):
Quarterback
Jersey #(s):
11
Born: February 14, 1972 (1972-02-14) (age 35)
Flag of Washington Ellensburg, Washington
Career Information
Year(s): 1993-2006
NFL Draft: 1993 / Round: 1 / Pick: 1
College: Washington State
Professional Teams
Career Stats
TD-INT     251-206
Yards     44,611
QB Rating     77.1
Stats at NFL.com
Career Highlights and Awards

Drew McQueen Bledsoe (born February 14, 1972) is a former American football quarterback in the NFL known best for his almost eight years of starting for the New England Patriots. During the 1990s and early 2000s, he was perceived to be the face of the Patriots franchise. Bledsoe, an All-American for the Washington State Cougars and former #1 overall draft pick in the 1993 NFL Draft, announced his retirement from the sport on April 11, 2007. In recent years the former Patriot has played for the Buffalo Bills and Dallas Cowboys. Image File history File linksMetadata Download high-resolution version (3072x2048, 1250 KB) File links The following pages on the English Wikipedia link to this file (pages on other projects are not listed): Drew Bledsoe Metadata This file contains additional information, probably added from the digital camera or scanner used to... A diagram showing typical football positions In American football, each team has 11 players on the field at one time. ... 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High school years

Bledsoe attended Walla Walla High School in Walla Walla, Washington and was a letterman in football and basketball. In football, he was named a first team All-State selection by the Tacoma News Tribune. Walla Walla is both the county seat of Walla Walla County, Washington, and the countys largest city. ...


College years

Bledsoe started 28 games for Washington State University. He threw for 7,373 yards, 44 touchdowns and 33 interceptions. During his junior season he broke multiple school records including: Most yards passing in a single game (476), most pass completions in a season (241), and most passing yards in a season (3,246). He was named Pac-10 offensive player of the year after his junior season.[1]He decided to skip his senior year to enter the NFL draft. Washington State University (WSU) is a major public research university in Pullman, Washington. ... The Pacific Ten Conference (Pac-10) is a college athletic conference which operates in the western United States. ...


New England Patriots: 1993-2001

Bledsoe was drafted 1st overall in the 1993 draft by the New England Patriots. Bledsoe started for the Patriots in his rookie season, as the Patriots improved from 2 wins to 5 wins. The 1994 season was arguably Bledsoe's best. On Nov. 13 the Patriots had won just 3 of their first 9 games and were down 20 to 3 at half time against the Minnesota Vikings. Bledsoe led a comeback victory in which the Patriots won 26 - 20 in overtime, as he set single game records in pass completions (45) and attempts (70).[2] The Patriots did not lose a game the rest of the season and made their first postseason appearance in eight years.[3]. Bledsoe set an NFL record pass attempts (691), became the second NFL quarterback to ever complete 400 or more passes in a season (400), and led the NFL in passing yards (4555).[4] City Foxborough, Massachusetts Other nicknames The Pats Team colors Nautical Blue, New Century Silver, Red, and White Head Coach Bill Belichick Owner Robert Kraft General manager Bill Belichick (de facto) Mascot Pat Patriot League/Conference affiliations American Football League (1960–69) Eastern Division (1960–69) National Football League (1970–present... City Minneapolis, Minnesota Other nicknames The Vikes, The Purple People Eaters Team colors Purple, Gold, and White Head Coach Brad Childress Owner Zygi Wilf General manager Rob Brzezinski Fight song Skol, Vikings Mascot Viktor the Viking League/Conference affiliations National Football League (1961–present) Western Conference (1961-1969) Central Division...


During the 1996 season, the Patriots won the AFC championship against the Jacksonville Jaguars 20-6. This led to an appearance in Super Bowl XXXI, where they lost 35-21 against the Green Bay Packers, with Bledsoe completing 25 of 48 passes for 253 yards, 2 touchdowns and 4 interceptions. During the 1997 season, Bledsoe helped the Patriots win 5 of their final 7 games to once again qualify for the playoffs, the fourth time in eight years as a Patriots starter he would lead the team to a post-season run. The Patriots lost the in the second round to the Pittsburgh Steelers. Despite this loss, Bledsoe had arguably his best season, with a career high 87.7 passer rating, 2nd most passing yards in the NFL, and was rewarded with his third Pro Bowl invitation. Bledsoe had another stellar season in 1998, becoming the first quarterback in NFL history to complete game-winning touchdown passes in the final 30 seconds of two consecutive games.[5] He accomplished the feat with wins over the Miami Dolphins (11/23/98) and Buffalo Bills (11/29/98) and in doing so he propelled New England into the postseason for the third straight year. Remarkably, he completed these heroic come-from-behind efforts while playing with a broken index finger on his throwing hand. This injury would later sideline him for the postseason. City Jacksonville, Florida Other nicknames The Jags Team colors Teal, Black, White, and Gold Head Coach Jack Del Rio Owner Wayne Weaver General manager James Harris Mascot Jaxson de Ville League/Conference affiliations National Football League (1995–present) American Football Conference (1995-present) AFC Central (1995-2001) AFC South (2002... Packers redirects here. ... Steelers redirects here. ... City Miami Gardens, Florida Other nicknames The Fins Team colors Aqua, Coral, White and Navy Head Coach liljimjim Owner Wayne Huizenga General manager Randy Mueller Mascot T.D. League/Conference affiliations American Football League (1966-1969) Eastern Division (1966-1969) National Football League (1970–present) American Football Conference (1970-present... For other uses, see Buffalo Bills (disambiguation). ...


Bledsoe started the 1999 season very strong, with 13 touchdowns and only 4 interceptions as the Patriots held a 6-2 record halfway through the year. However, in the 2nd half, Bledsoe threw only 6 touchdowns and 17 interceptions as the team finished with an 8-8 record. The slide continued in 2000 with a 5-11 season. Bledsoe threw a career low 13 interceptions, but was also sacked 45 times.


In March 2001, Bledsoe was signed to a "then-record" ten-year, $103 million contract.[6] Bledsoe did not, however, finish his career with the Patriots, nor even see the opening of the new Gillette Stadium. During the second game of the 2001 season, Bledsoe was hit by New York Jets linebacker Mo Lewis as he ran upright trying to make it out of bounds. The injury gave Tom Brady a chance to take over at quarterback and Brady led the Patriots on a Super Bowl run. Bledsoe never regained his starting role. However, Bledsoe did play in the AFC Championship Game after Brady left the game with an ankle injury. Bledsoe, starting from the Steelers 40 yard line, led the Patriots on a scoring drive, capped by an 11 yard touchdown pass to David Patten. In the game, Bledsoe completed 10 of 21 passes for 102 yards and 1 touchdown, with no interceptions. The Patriots defeated the Steelers 24-17 and qualified for Super Bowl XXXVI. [7] He was cheered by Patriots fans in his three returns to Foxborough, Massachusetts as a visiting player. Gillette Stadium is the home stadium for the New England Patriots football team and the New England Revolution soccer team. ... City East Rutherford, New Jersey Other nicknames Gang Green, the Green and White, Jersey Jets Team colors Hunter green and white Head Coach Eric Mangini Owner Woody Johnson General manager Mike Tannenbaum League/Conference affiliations American Football League (1960-1969) Eastern Division (1960-1969) National Football League (1970–present) American... Mo Lewis (born October 21, 1969) is an american football player who played linebacker for the New York Jets from 1991 till 2003. ... Thomas Edward Brady, Jr. ... The winning Super Bowl team receives the Vince Lombardi Trophy. ... Date February 3, 2002 Stadium Louisiana Superdome City New Orleans, Louisiana MVP Tom Brady, Quarterback (New England) Favorite Rams by 14 National anthem Mariah Carey Coin toss George H. W. Bush and Roger Staubach Referee Bernie Kukar Halftime show U2 Attendance 72,922 TV in the United States Network FOX... Location in Norfolk County in Massachusetts Coordinates: , Country State County Norfolk Settled 1704 Incorporated 1778 Government  - Type Open town meeting Area  - Town  20. ...


Buffalo Bills: 2002-2004

A change of scenery to Bledsoe's former division rival Buffalo seemed to give him a bit of rejuvenation in 2002. He had one of his best seasons ever, passing for 4,359 yards and making his fourth trip to the Pro Bowl. With Bledsoe under center, the Bills failed to score a touchdown in 3 consecutive games en route to a 6-10 season. During his final year with the Bills, they fell one game short of making the playoffs, after the team failed to perform well against the Steeler's 2nd and 3rd stringers. A switch to J.P. Losman at the beginning of the next season led to Bledsoe's release. Jonathan Paul J.P. AKA SUCKS AT FOOTBALL Losman (born March 12, 1981) is a professional football player who starts at quarterback for the Buffalo Bills. ...


Dallas Cowboys: 2005-2006

In 2005 Bledsoe was once again reunited with former coach Bill Parcells in Dallas. During his tenure with the Cowboys he threw for over 3,000 yards for the 9th time in his career, tying Warren Moon for fourth in NFL history. That season Bledsoe led five 4th quarter/OT game-winning drives to keep the Cowboys’ playoff hopes alive until the final day of the season.[8] Though the team ultimately failed to reach the playoffs, Bledsoe had led them to a 9-7 record, a vast improvement over the 6-10 mark that Vinny Testaverde had finished with in 2004. Duane Charles Bill Parcells (born August 22, 1941 in Englewood, New Jersey), nicknamed The Big Tuna, is a retired American football head coach, last coaching the Dallas Cowboys of the National Football League. ... For the footballer (soccer), see Warren Moon (footballer). ... Vincent Frank Testaverde (born November 13, 1963 in Brooklyn, New York) is an American football quarterback for the National Football Leagues New England Patriots. ...


In 2006, however, Bledsoe's play became erratic and sufficiently inadequate that six games into the season, his second with the Cowboys, Bledsoe was replaced by Tony Romo. Shortly after the season, Bledsoe was released by the Cowboys, and unwilling to be relegated to a backup position, announced his retirement from the NFL. Antonio Tony Ramiro Romo (born April 21, 1980 in San Diego, California) is an American football quarterback who plays for the Dallas Cowboys of the National Football League. ...


Family

Drew and his wife Maura (née Healy) have four children: sons Stuart McQueen, John Stack and Henry Healy, and daughter Healy Elizabeth. He coaches his sons Stuart and John's little league football team named the Patriots.[9]


After football

Since his retirement in 2006, Drew has opened a vineyard, the Flying B Vineyard outside Walla Walla, Washington and owns a coffee roasting company as well. He also works with many philanthropic organizations.[10] A common vineyard. ... Walla Walla is both the county seat of Walla Walla County, Washington, and the countys largest city. ...


Statistics

Career Stats

Passing Stats
Year Team Att Comp Pct Yds TD Int QB rating
1993 New England Patriots 429 214 49.9 2494 15 15 65.0
1994 New England Patriots 691 400 57.9 4555 25 27 73.6
1995 New England Patriots 636 323 50.8 3507 13 16 63.7
1996 New England Patriots 623 373 59.9 4086 27 15 83.7
1997 New England Patriots 522 314 60.2 3706 28 15 87.7
1998 New England Patriots 481 263 54.7 2633 20 14 80.9
1999 New England Patriots 539 305 56.6 3985 19 21 75.6
2000 New England Patriots 531 312 58.8 3291 17 13 77.3
2001 New England Patriots 66 40 60.6 400 2 2 75.3
2002 Buffalo Bills 610 375 61.5 4359 24 15 86.0
2003 Buffalo Bills 471 274 58.2 2860 11 12 73.0
2004 Buffalo Bills 450 256 56.9 2932 20 16 76.6
2005 Dallas Cowboys 499 300 60.1 3639 23 17 83.7
2006 Dallas Cowboys 169 90 53.3 1164 7 8 69.2
Totals 6717 3839 57.2 44611 251 206 77.1

Passer rating is a measure of the performance of quarterbacks or any other passers in American football and Canadian football. ...

Career totals

  • 98-96 as a starter
  • 6,717 passes attempted
  • 3,839 passes completed (57.2 Completion percentage)
  • 44,611 passing yards (6.64 yards/attempt)
  • 251 passing touchdowns (0.037 TD/attempt)
  • 10 rushing TDs
  • 206 passes intercepted (0.031 INT/attempt)
  • 258 Total Turn-overs
  • 26.76 passing attempts per touchdown
  • 32.60 passing attempts per interception
  • 123 fumbles (56 lost)
  • Ranked 180th (All-Time) in turning yards into points
  • Ranked 5th in Completions and Attempts - 7th in Passing Yards and 13th in Touchdowns.

Post-season records and statistics

  • 3-3 in the post-season as a starter (3-0 at home)
  • 252 passes attempted
  • 129 passes completed
  • 51.1 Completion Percentage
  • 54.9 QB Rating
  • 1335 passing yards
  • 6 passing touchdowns
  • 12 passes intercepted
  • 21 passing attempts per interception in the post-season
  • 42 passing attempts per TD in the post-season
  • 1 Super Bowl Championship (2001, New England Patriots - Did not play)

Accomplishments

From Patriots.com:

  • His 4,452 pass attempts in his first eight seasons rank second to Brett Favre whose 4,456 attempts are the most by a quarterback during any eight-year period in NFL history
  • Bledsoe currently owns the Patriots’ franchise career passing records for attempts, completions, and yards, and is third behind Tom Brady and Steve Grogan in touchdowns
  • He passed for 3,291 yards in 2000, his seventh consecutive season with at least 3,000 yards passing.
  • Bledsoe had been durable throughout his first eight years with the Patriots, having played in 126 of 132 possible games since entering the league in 1993.
  • In 1998, he directed the Patriots to the playoffs for the fourth time in six seasons.
  • In 1994, he set Patriots franchise single-season passing records for attempts (691), completions (400) but only a 57.8 completion percentage and yards passing (4,555), just 6.59 yards per completion.
  • In 1995, he set a franchise record by attempting 179 consecutive passes without an interception (10/23/95 to 11/26/95).
  • At the age of 23, he became the youngest player in NFL history to surpass the 10,000-yard passing plateau when he connected with Ben Coates on a 6-yard completion just before the half vs. the Jets (12/10/95).
  • Prior to 1994, the Patriot's single-season record for passing yards was 3,465 yards. Bledsoe eclipsed that mark six consecutive seasons.
  • At the age of 22, he became the youngest quarterback in NFL history to play in the Pro Bowl.

From JT-SW.com: Brett Hillbilly Favre (pronounced Farv, born on October 10, 1969 in Gulfport, Mississippi [1]) is an American football player, currently starting quarterback for the Green Bay Packers of the National Football League (NFL). ... Thomas Edward Brady, Jr. ... Steve James Grogan (July 24, 1953 in San Antonio, Texas) was an American football quarterback for the New England Patriots in the National Football League from 1975 until 1990. ...

  • Has 33 career 4th quarter/OT game winning scores and holds the record for most TD passes in OT.

While Bledsoe's raw statistics are somewhat impressive, a frequent criticism is that they are based on volume (attempts, completions, yards) rather than efficiency (passer rating, TD-to-INT ratio, yards per attempt) proving only that he has thrown a great number of times, not that he has thrown well[11]. According to Don Banks of Sports Illustrated, Bledsoe's large career totals "reveal more about his longevity than about his excellence"[12]. The first issue of Sports Illustrated, August 16, 1954, showing Milwaukee Braves star Eddie Mathews at bat in Milwaukee County Stadium. ...


Bledsoe's poor post-season statistics (see above) have also caused a good deal of criticism to be leveled against him.


Notes and references

  1. ^ Washington State Scout
  2. ^ Patriots Official Website.Accessed 20 August 2007.
  3. ^ Patriots Playoff History.
  4. ^ 1994 NFL Leaders. Accessed 26 August 2007.
  5. ^ Patriots Official Website Accessed 20 August 2007
  6. ^ Bledsoe Signs Record Contract Chicago Sun-Times. Accessed 20 August 2007.
  7. ^ Bledsoe Heads to Buffalo for 2003 PickESPN.com. Accessed 20 August 2007.
  8. ^ JT-SW.com Accessed 20 August 2007.
  9. ^ No sour grapes from retired Bledsoe Dallas Morning News. Accessed 14 October 2007.
  10. ^ No sour grapes from retired Bledsoe Dallas Morning News. Accessed 14 October 2007.
  11. ^ CHFF classic: The last word on Bledsoe ColdHardFootballFacts.com. Accessed 30 June 2007.
  12. ^ No Hall call for Bledsoe SportsIllustrated.com. Accessed 30 June 2007.

External links

Preceded by
Steve Emtman
1st Overall Pick in NFL Draft
1993
Succeeded by
Dan Wilkinson
Preceded by
Alex Van Pelt
Buffalo Bills Starting Quarterback
2002-2004
Succeeded by
J.P. Losman
Kelly Holcomb
Preceded by
Vinny Testaverde
Dallas Cowboys Starting Quarterback
2005-2006
Succeeded by
Tony Romo
Preceded by
Tony Romo
Dallas Cowboys Backup Quarterback
2003-2006
Succeeded by
Brad Johnson

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