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Overview (3)

Date of Birth 14 February 1972Ellensburg, Washington, USA
Birth NameDrew McQueen Bledsoe
Height 6' 5" (1.96 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Drew Bledsoe was a standout quarterback at Washington State University in Pullman, Wash., then became the top pick in the 1993 NFL Draft by the New England Patriots. New head coach Bill Parcells drafted Bledsoe with the top pick, and Bledsoe assumed the starting quarterback job almost immediately. During his nine years in Foxborough, Mass., Bledsoe led the Patriots to four playoff appearances (and was there for a fifth but not as a starter). In a 1994 overtime game against Minnesota, he set NFL records for most passes completed (45)and attempted (70) in a game as the Patriots rallied from down 20-0 to win, 26-20. Three times in his career he has exceeded 4,000 passing yards in a season.

Bledsoe's career took a permanent turn on September 23, 2001. He suffered a devastating hit by NY Jet linebacker "Mo Lewis", a hit which sheared a blood vessel deep inside Bledsoe's chest. He played in one more series before being lifted in favor of Tom Brady. Brady then embarked on an unbelievable career of his own, leading the Patriots to the Super Bowl championship that year and denying Bledsoe his old starting job back when he became healthy. Bledsoe did play briefly in the AFC Championship game that year when Brady went down with an ankle sprain, and helped the Patriots gain entry into Super Bowl XXXVI with a 24-17 win at Pittsburgh.

Following that Super Bowl win which Bledsoe had to watch on the sidelines, the Patriots traded Bledsoe to the Buffalo Bills for a 2003 first-round draft pick. Bledsoe had a tremendous 2002 season where he had his second-highest passing yardage total (4,359 passing yards) and second-best passer rating (86.0). But in three seasons with Buffalo, Bledsoe saw his career take a downturn, partially brought on by a decline in his pass blockers and questionable personnel decisions. Bledsoe was released after the 2004 season. He will play in 2005 in Dallas, reunited with his first head coach, Parcells. He currently (as of the end of the 2004 season) is 192 yards shy of 40,000 career passing yards.

Wherever he has played, Bledsoe has been a solid citizen and community figure. He and his wife Maura have given lectures on good parenting skills. He has always conducted himself with class and dignity, especially during the most difficult times. He remains a well respected professional, and one of the great NFL quarterbacks of his time.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Bob George

Spouse (1)

Maura Healy (4 May 1996 - present) (4 children)

Trivia (21)

Professional football player
Played on two Patriot Super Bowl teams (1997 and 2002).
Was selected with the first pick in 1993 by the New England Patriots.
New England Patriots trade Bledsoe to the Buffalo Bills for Buffalo's first-round pick in 2003 after a 9-year career in which he rewrote the record books but watched from the sideline while his backup, Tom Brady, led the team to its first Super Bowl championship. [April 2002]
He and wife, Maura, have three sons, Stuart McQueen (b. 16 October 1997), John (b. 5 May 1999) and Hank and a daughter, Healey Elizabeth.
Had seven consecutive 3,000 yard seasons.
New York Jets linebacker Mo Lewis knocked Bledsoe out with a crushing hit that put him in the hospital with a sheared blood vessel in his chest and took him out of action for 8 weeks. [September 2001]
Youngest quarterback in NFL history to reach the 10,000 yard plateau.
The first overall pick in the 1993 draft.
Serves as International Chairman of the Children's Miracle Network.
Grandfather, Albert McQueen Bledsoe, was a ship's captain during World War II and a Rear Admiral.
New England Patriots All Time Leader in Passing Yards (29,657).
He came in and played in the second quarter of the AFC championship game of 2001 because Tom Brady got hurt. Although he led the team to a 24-17 victory, he got hit in a similar way of the hit during the Jets' game earlier in the season which put him out for months, but this time he got up alright. Tom Brady got healthy the next week and was ready to play super bowl XXXVI.
Ran a 4.7 40 yard dash time before his rookie season.
Inducted into the New England Patriots Hall of Fame in 2011.
Being released from the Buffalo Bills. [February 2005]
Announced his retirement from the NFL. [April 2007]
Starting quarterback for the Buffalo Bills [August 2003]
Signed by former coach Bill Parcells, to become starting quarterback of the Dallas Cowboys. [February 2005]
Inducted into the Washington State University Athletic Hall of Fame in 2001.
Inducted into the State of Washington Sports Hall of Fame in 2012.

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