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22. Drew Bledsoe

Before the Patriots had Tom Brady, there was Drew Bledsoe, who New England took with the First Overall Pick in 1993.

Bledsoe started for the Pats as a rookie, and the following year after that, he was one of the better Quarterbacks in the NFL. Bledsoe was a Pro Bowl Selection in 1994, 1996, and 1997, and he led the NFL in Completions in '94 and '96.  The QB also was first in Passing Yards in 1994. 1996 was arguably his most satisfying season as he took the Patriots to a Super Bowl appearance, though they lost to the Green Bay Packers. 

Bledsoe remained a high-end QB, but in 2001, he suffered a brutal injury from a hit, and Tom Brady stepped in.  When Bledsoe was able to come back, Brady was on fire, finished out the season, and would lead the Patriots to their first Super Bowl win.  Bledsoe may not have played in Super Bowl, and he did play in the AFC Championship in relief of Brady, who was hurt in the game.

With Tom Brady ascending to stardom, Bledsoe was traded the Buffalo Bills.  As a Patriot, Bledsoe threw for 29,657 Yards, and 166 Touchdowns, and in 2011, he was inducted into the Patriots Hall of Fame.

The Bullet Points

  • Position: Quarterback
  • Acquired: Selected in the 1st Round, 1st Overall in the NFL Draft 4/25/93.
  • Departed: Traded to the Buffalo Bills for a 2003 1stRound Pick (which was subsequently traded and would be Michael Haynes) 4/22/02.
  • Games Played: 124
  • Notable Statistics:

    123 Games Started
    2,544 Pass Completions
    4,518 Pass Attempts
    56.3 Pass Completion Percentage
    29,657 Passing Yards
    166 Passing Touchdowns
    138 Interceptions
    75.9 Passer Rating
    270 Rushing Attempts
    553 Rushing Yards
    2 Rushing Touchdowns
    1 Reception
    -9 Receiving Yards
    93 Approximate Value

  • Major Accolades and Awards:

    Super Bowl Champion (XXXVI)
    Pro Bowl (1994, 1996, 1997 & 2002)
    Most Pass Completions (1994 & 1996)
    Most Pass Attempts (1994, 1995 & 1996)
    Most Passing Yards (1994)
    Most Pass Attempts per Game (1994, 1995 & 1996)
    Most Pass Completions per Game (1994 & 1996)
    Most Field Goal Attempts (2008 & 2013)

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