Drew Bledsoe played nine seasons for the Patriots (1993-01), and ranks second in team history with 2,544 completions and 29,657 passing yards and third in team history with 166 touchdown passes.
Drew Bledsoe played nine seasons for the Patriots (1993-01), and ranks second in team history with 2,544 completions and 29,657 passing yards and third in team history with 166 touchdown passes. During the 1990s, he was the face of the Patriots' franchise after joining the team as the number one pick in the 1993 NFL Draft out of Washington State. A member of the Patriots' 1990s all-decade team, Bledsoe was elected to three Pro Bowls and led the Patriots to the postseason four times in his first six seasons as the starting quarterback. He was the first quarterback to lead the team to back-to-back division titles (1996-97) and the first to lead the franchise to the playoffs in three consecutive seasons (1996-98). Bledsoe was instrumental in leading the Patriots to two Super Bowls. In 1996, he led the team to an 11-5 regular season record and propelled the Patriots to an AFC Championship and an appearance in Super Bowl XXXI against Green Bay. In 2001, he was pressed into action in the AFC Championship game against Pittsburgh and capped a scoring drive with an 11-yard touchdown pass to David Patten to help lead the Patriots to a 24-17 victory and a trip to Super Bowl XXXVI. Bledsoe is the only quarterback in NFL history with four seasons of 600+ pass attempts, including three straight from 1994-96 with the Patriots.
The Patriots selected Bledsoe with the first overall pick in the 1993 NFL draft (4/25/93) ... Signed with the Patriots on July 6, 1993 ... Signed a seven-year contract extension on July 20, 1995 ... Signed a 10-year contract extension on March 7, 2001.
Career GP/GS: (124/123); 2001 (2/2/7/7): Voted offensive co-captain for the 2001 season by his teammates ... Started first two games of the season at quarterback, extending his consecutive starts streak to 34 before being inactive vs. Indianapolis (9/23)...Bledsoe enters the 2001 season ranked fourth among the NFL's active quarterbacks in career passing yards with 29,257 total yards...Enters the 2001 season ranked 20th among the NFL's all-time leading passers with 2,504 career completions. He needs just 73 completions to move ahead of Phil Simms...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 needs just 46 attempts to move into the NFL's all-time top 20 for career passing attempts...After just eight seasons, Bledsoe already owns the franchise's career passing records for attempts (4,452), completions (2,504) and yards (29,257). He enters the 2001 season needing just 19 touchdowns to eclipse Steve Grogan's career record of 182... He has eclipsed a quarterback rating of 100.0 in 23 games during his career. The Patriots are 22-1 in those games...Bledsoe enters the 2001 season with a 63-58 (.521) regular season record as a starter (3-3 in the playoffs). At home, he is 36-25 (.590) during the regular season and 3-0 in the playoffs...He passed for 3,291 yards in 2000, his seventh consecutive season with at least 3,000 yards passing. He became just the fourth player in NFL history to ever accomplish the feat, joining Dan Marino (9), Brett Favre (9) and John Elway (7)...He now owns seven of the top nine single-season passing performances in franchise history. In the first 33 seasons of the franchise's history, the Patriots only had five 3,000-yard passing performances by four different Patriots quarterbacks... Bledsoe has started 17 games when the temper-atures were at or below 38 degrees. The Patriots are 12-5 in those games...Bledsoe has started 30 games during the month of December and has an 18-12 record. The 18 wins in December are the most of any month of the season...Bledsoe scored his first career rushing touchdown on a 13-yard run vs. the New York Jets (10/15/00). He added a 1-yard touchdown plunge the following week at Indianapolis(10/22/00)...Threw just 13 interceptions in 2000, a career low..Bledsoe has been incredibly durable throughout his eight-year career, having played in 122 of 128 possible games since entering the league in 1993. Brett Favre, who hasn't missed a game, is the only quarterback to see more action in games since 1993...In 1998, he directed the Patriots to the playoffs for the fourth time in five seasons. Before Bledsoe's arrival, the Patriots had qualified for the playoffs just six times in 33 years...Bledsoe became the first quarterback in NFL history to complete game-winning touchdown passes in the final 30 seconds of two consecutive games. He did so in wins over Miami (11/23/98) and Buffalo (11/29/98) to propel the Patriots into the playoffs for their third straight year. Remarkably, he was able to complete the heroic come-from-behind efforts while playing with a broken index finger on his throwing hand...His broken finger in 1998 forced him to miss the final two games of the season and the playoffs, snapping a streak of 56 consecutive starts, longest in the AFC. Only Brett Favre (107) and Trent Dilfer (61) had longer streaks at the time...Completed a career-long 86-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Terry Glenn at Pittsburgh (12/6/98)...In 1997, Bledsoe led the Patriots to their second consecutive division title for the first time in franchise history and took the Patriots into the playoffs for the third time in four years...In the past seven seasons, Bledsoe has missed just three games due to injuries (one game due to a separated shoulder in 1995 and two games due to a broken index finger in 1998)...In 1996, just his fourth NFL season, Bledsoe guided the Patriots to an AFC Championship and took the Patriots to their second Super Bowl in franchise history...In 1994, he set franchise single-season passing records for attempts (691), completions (400) and yards passing (4,555)...His 691 pass attempts in 1994 remain an NFL record. He also set NFL records for attempts (70) and completions (45) in a game (vs. Minnesota on 11/13/94)...In that game vs. Minnesota, he exploded for a franchise record by completing 45 of 70 passes for 421 yards and 3 touchdowns. Trailing 20-0 with 58 seconds remaining in the first half, he completed four consecutive passes to lead the Patriots on a seven-play, 48-yard drive to position Matt Bahr for a 38-yard field goal as time expired in the half. In the second half, Bledsoe turned in what has already become a legendary performance by completing 37 of 53 attempts (.698) for 354 yards and 3 touchdowns, without an interception, a sack, or a penalty called against the team...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)...In 1999, he fell just 15 yards shy of reaching the 4,000-yard plateau for the third time of his career. He is one of seven players in NFL history to eclipse that mark multiple times, joining Dan Marino (6 seasons), Warren Moon (4), Dan Fouts (3), Brett Favre (3), Steve Young (2) and Peyton Manning (2)...Prior to 1994, the franchise's single-season record for passing yards was 3,465 yards. Bledsoe eclipsed that mark six consecutive seasons...At the age of 21, he became the youngest player in franchise history and just the second rookie quarterback in team history to start in his NFL debut (Jim Plunkett started in his NFL debut in 1971)...At the age of 22, he became the youngest quarterback in NFL history to play in the Pro Bowl.
at Cincinnati (9/9): Ran on 3rd-and-8 in the first quarter, diving to pick up a first down ... Completed 11 of 14 passes for 122 yards and a touchdown with no interceptions in the first half ... Went 6 of 9 for 83 yards on fourth quarter drive that culminated in a 8-yard TD pass to Jermaine Wiggins. N.Y. Jets (9/23): Completed 13 of 18 passes in the second half, including a 58-yard completion to Troy Brown in the fourth quarter ... Completed all seven of his pass attempts on Patriots opening drive of the third quarter, but team failed to score when Marc Edwards fumbled the ball and the Jets recovered on their own seven yard line. Indianapolis (9/30): Inactive. at Miami (10/7): Inactive. San Diego (10/14): Inactive. at Indianapolis (10/14): Inactive. at Denver (10/28): Inactive, but listed as third quarterback. at Atlanta (11/4): Inactive, but listed as third quarterback. Buffalo (11/11): Inactive, but listed as third quarterback. St. Louis (11/18): Active, but did not play in role as second quarterback. New Orleans (11/25): Active, but did not play in role as second quarterback. at New York (12/2): Active, but did not play in role as second quarterback. Cleveland (12/9): Active, but did not play in role as second quarterback. at Buffalo (12/16): Active, but did not play in role as second quarterback. Miami (12/22): Active, but did not play in role as second quarterback. at Carolina (1/6): Active, but did not play in role as second quarterback.
2000 (16/16): Voted the 2000 offensive captain by his teammates ... Started every game despite playing with a jammed thumb, an injury he suffered midseason ... Became the Patriots all-time leading passer in the second quarter at Denver (10/1) when he completed a 26-yard pass to Kevin Faulk to move ahead of Steve Grogan's record of 26,886 career yards ... Reached the 3,000-yard passing plateau for a team-record seventh time against Miami (12/24) ... Became fourth quarterback in NFL history to have seven consecutive 3,000-yard seasons, joining Dan Marino (9), Brett Favre (9) and John Elway (7) ... Set a career-high and finished third on the team with 158 rushing yards.
Tampa Bay (9/3): Rushed for a career-high 30 yards on 8 carries ... Completed a 39-yard touchdown pass to Terry Glenn with just over three minutes remaining in the game to narrow the deficit to 21-16 ... Converted a third-and-four with a 10-yard run ... Completed 8 of his first 11 attempts (.727) in the first half ... Completed 67 percent of his passes for a passer rating of 89.3 despite being sacked six times.
N.Y. Jets (9/11): Connected with Eric Bjornson on 6-yard touchdown pass to take a 19-7 lead ... Completed 11-of-14 passes on third downs, helping the Patriots convert 11-of-22 third downs for the game ... Ran for a first down on fourth-and-one to sustain a drive ... Did not throw an interception for the second consecutive game, despite being sacked another six times.
Minnesota (9/17): Completed an 8-yard touchdown pass to Terry Glenn in the fourth quarter comeback attempt, but lost 21-13 ... Rushed for 21 yards on 3 carries, giving him 61 yards for the season ... Started the game connecting on 5 of his first 6 passes for 35 yards ... Finished the game completing 60 percent of his attempts.
Denver (10/1): Defeated the Broncos in Denver, 28-19 ... It was the Patriots first victory in Denver since 1968 ... Moved ahead of Steve Grogan (26,886) as the franchise's all-time career leading passer on a 26-yard completion to Kevin Faulk ... Matched a career-high with 4 touchdown passes (also vs. Arizona 10/31/99) ... Completed 12 of 17 passes for 181 yards and 3 touchdowns for passer rating of 164.1 in the first half ... Completed 7 of his first 8 passes for 116 yards, including 2 touchdown passes to Troy Brown ... Led Patriots on touchdown scoring drives on their first two possessions for the first time since 12/1/96 ... Touchdown passes were to Troy Brown (11 and 44 yards), Terry Glenn (9 yards), and J.R. Redmond (12 yards) ... It was Redmond's first career touchdown.
Indianapolis (10/8): Rushed for a season-long 16 yards, converting a third-and-11 to sustain the opening drive, which resulted in a field goal ... Completed a 2-yard touchdown pass to Eric Bjornson giving the Patriots a 17-10 lead ... On final scoring drive, completed 4 of 5 passes for 43 yards, including a 4-yard touchdown pass to Terry Glenn.
N.Y. Jets (10/15): Scored his first career touchdown in the fourth quarter on a 13-yard run ... Connected on season-long 46-yard pass to Tony Simmons which led to Kevin Faulk's 9-yard touchdown run ... Sacked career-high seven times.
Indianapolis (10/22): Tied a franchise record when he directed an 18-play scoring drive to open the game (18-89; 8:43), which culminated in a 19-yard touchdown pass to J.R. Redmond (the first of Redmond's career) ... Tied an 18-play drive last accomplished on Dec. 13, 1981 (18-64; 12:55), which culminated in John Smith's 42-yard field goal ... Scored his second career touchdown in as many weeks, this time from 1 yard out ... Was not sacked for the first time since Oct. 11, 1998. Buffalo (11/5): Left the game in the second quarter with a thumb injury to his right hand.
Cleveland (11/12): Completed 7 of 9 pass attempts for 59 yards and ran for 6 yards to set up his touchdown pass to Rod Rutledge. Cincinnati (11/19): Led his 18th career game-winning drive as he moved the offense 81 yards on 12 plays in 3:05 to set up Adam Vinatieri's game-winning 22-yard field goal ... Completed 4 of 7 passes for 65 yards on game-winning drive, including 3 for 57 to Terry Glenn to set up Vinatieri's 38-yard field goal ... Completed 4 of 5 passes for 21 yards on a drive to set up Vinatieri's 21-yard field goal to even the score at 13 ... Glenn and Troy Brown each exceeded 100 yards marking the first time a pair of Patriots receivers eclipsed the 100-yard plateau in same game since Nov. 1, 1998 when Tony Simmons and Ben Coates each had 109 yards at Indianapolis.
Kansas City (12/4): Completed a season high 33 passes on 48 attempts for 282 yards and a pair of touchdowns in a 30-24 victory over the Chiefs on Monday Night Football ... He did not throw an interception in the game and finished with a passer rating of 97.7, his third highest of the season ... Completed
12-consecutive passes for 86 yards and 1 touchdown during one stretch of the game ... Led the offense on scoring drives in each quarter for first time in season.
Chicago (12/10): Attempted another 46 passes, completing 25 for 225 yards and 2 touchdowns ... For the second consecutive game, he was not intercepted ... Completed 8 of 11 passes for 80 yards on a scoring drive capped by Glenn's touchdown ... Connected on 8 of 12 passes for 69 yards on a drive resulting in Brown's touchdown.
Buffalo (12/17): Led the Patriots on two scoring drives late in the game to secure an overtime victory over the Bills amidst the worst game conditions of Bledsoe's eight-year career ... Patriots tied the game 10-10 with just 4:45 remaining in the game on a Kevin Faulk 13-yard run ... In overtime, he led the team on an 83-yard, 14-play drive, giving Adam Vinatieri an opportunity to kick the game winning 24-yard field goal with just 19 seconds remaining in overtime.
Miami (12/24): Passed for a season-high 312 yards after completing 18 of 34 attempts, including 2 touchdowns and 2 interceptions ... It was his first 300-yard game of the season (he had never gone a whole season without at least one 300-yard game) ... It was his fifth 300-yard game against Miami, the most against any team ... Completed 52-yard touchdown pass to Faulk to give the Patriots a 14-3 lead ... Connected on 16-yard touchdown pass to Terry Glenn to regain lead 21-17 ... Completed 4 of 6 passes for 40 yards on a drive culminating in a Vinatieri 33-yard field goal for 24-17 lead ... Completed a season-long 59-yard pass to Jermaine Wiggins.
Voted the 1999 offensive co-captain by his teammates and started every game for the Patriots ...Other than a Troy Brown pass attempt in the season finale, Bledsoe attempted every pass for the team in 1999 ... Finished the season completing 305 of 539 attempts (56.6 completion pct.) for 3,985 yards and a passer rating of 75.6 ... Tossed 19 touchdowns, including a season-long 68-yarder to Shawn Jefferson ... He also threw 21 interceptions ... He was sacked 55 times, a career-high for the seven-year veteran, and 19 more than the previous season ... For purposes of comparison, he was sacked just 61 times combined in his first three seasons (44 games) ... His 539 attempts ranked third in the league (first in the AFC), while his 305 completions ranked sixth overall (second in the AFC) ... His yardage total also ranked sixth in the league (second in the AFC) ...He fell just 15 yards shy of eclipsing the 4,000-yard plateau for the third time of his NFL career ... In his first four seasons, he completed just four passes of 50 yards or more — in his last three seasons, he has completed 20 passes of 50 yards or more ... Eclipsed the 300-yard passing plateau five times in 1999, giving him 25 games with 300 yards or more in his career, the Patriots are 17-8 in those games. Jets (9/12): Opened the season by completing his first six attempts and finished the game completing 21 of 30 attempts for 340 yards and a touchdown ... Following a Chris Slade interception, Bledsoe orchestrated a 10-play, 44-yard drive to set up the game winning 23-yard field goal in a 30-28 come-from-behind victory ... The victory gave the Patriots their second season-opening victory in three years, but their first season-opening road win since 1991 ... It was the 14th come-from-behind victory of Bledsoe's career and earned him Miller Lite Player of the Game honors ... The 340 yards tied his (and the franchise's) second-best season opening effort, which he first accomplished on Aug. 31, 1997 vs. the San Diego Chargers ... Connected on a 58-yard touchdown pass to Tony Simmons, the eighth longest of his 129 career touchdown tosses ... He completed over 70 percent of his passes for the ninth time of his career -- the Patriots are 9-0 in those games ... His passer rating was 104.9, the 18th game of his career with a rating above 100.0 (the Patriots are 17-1 in those games). Indianapolis (9/19): Earned Miller Lite Player of the Game honors for the second consecutive week and AFC Offensive Player of the Week honors after leading the Patriots back from a 21-point, third quarter deficit to a 31-28 victory over the Colts by scoring 24 unanswered points ... It was the 15th come-from-behind victory of his career and the second in as many weeks ... Led the Patriots on three fourth quarter scoring drives - two touchdown passes to Ben Coates and a game-winning 26-yard field goal by Adam Vinatieri ... Game-winning drive was a 7-play, 29-yard drive, leaving just 35 seconds remaining in the game ... Completed 27 of 45 attempts for 299 yards and four touchdowns without an interception ... His fourth and final touchdown of the day, a 10-yard toss to Ben Coates, was his 133rd career touchdown pass and moved him ahead of Babe Parilli (132 career touchdown passes) into sole possession of second place on the Patriots all-time passing list ... His four touchdown passes tied a career high, which he had done on six prior occasions ... The Patriots improved to 6-1 in games that Bledsoe completes four touchdowns ... His passer rating eclipsed 100 (109.4) for the second consecutive week, the 19th time of his career ... The Patriots improved to 18-1 in those games ... It was his seventh consecutive victory over the Colts. NY Giants (9/26): Completed 20 of 28 passes (.714) for 233 yards to guide the Patriots to their third consecutive victory of three points or less ... Led the Patriots on three consecutive second half scoring drives of nine, 11 and 12 plays, respectively ... Each of those drives resulted in Vinatieri field goals in a 16-14 victory ... It was his 10th career game with a completion percentage over .700 - the Patriots are undefeated in those contests. Cleveland (10/3): Passed for 393 yards and one touchdown in a 19-7 victory to help the Patriots to a 4-0 start for the second time in three years ... Finished with a passer rating of 104.1 - the third time in four games that he has eclipsed a rating of 100.0 ... He did not throw an interception in his third consecutive game (120 attempts) ... Connected with Terry Glenn on a 54-yard touchdown pass in the fourth quarter to give the Patriots a 19-7 victory. Kansas City (10/10): Completed 23 of 45 passes for 334 yards ... It was his third 300-yard game of the season and the 23rd of his career ... He had a streak of 129 pass attempts without an interception snapped in the second quarter against the Chiefs, when his 10th pass attempt of the game was intercepted by Donnie Edwards ... It was the second longest streak of his career ... Led the Patriots on a 5-play, 53-yard drive on their final possession to put the Patriots in position for a would-be game-winning 32-yard field goal, but the attempt was wide right and the Patriots lost their first game of the season 16-14 ... Completed a 49-yard touchdown pass to Glenn to give the Patriots a 7-3 lead in the first quarter. Miami (10/17): With his 22nd pass attempt of the game, he moved ahead of Steve Grogan (3,593) as the franchise's all-time leader for career pass attempts ... In just his seventh season, he already owns the franchise records for attempts and completions ... Completed just 17 of 36 passes (.472) ... It was his first sub-.500 completion percentage of the season. Denver (10/24): Named offensive game captain and led the Patriots to a 24-23 victory over the Broncos - their first win in the series since 1980 ... Completed a 67-yard pass to Glenn, which set up a 1-yard touchdown plunge by Terry Allen to give the Patriots a 17-10 first half lead. Arizona (10/31): Recorded a season-high 146.8 passer rating after completing 14 of 22 passes for 276 yards and four touchdowns, without an interception ... It was his eighth 4 touchdown game of his career, the second of the '99 season ... The Patriots improved to 7-1 in those games ... His passer rating of 146.8 was the third-highest of his career and his fourth 100.0-plus performance of the season, the 21st of his career ... The Patriots improved to 20-1 in those games ... Completed 60 percent or better for the fifth time of the season ... His longest completion of the day was a 64-yard touchdown pass to Shawn Jefferson in the first quarter, which set the pace for the season's most lopsided victory, 27-3. NY Jets (11/15): Led the Patriots on two fourth quarter scoring drives with touchdown passes to Kevin Faulk and Troy Brown, but came up short in their comeback efforts in a 24-17 loss ... It was the 40th time of his career that he had thrown multiple touchdown passes in a game ... Threw three interceptions in the game, after having thrown just four interceptions through the first eight games ... It was the 13th time of his career that he had thrown three or more interceptions in a game and the first since he threw three at Pittsburgh (12/9/98) ... The Patriots are 4-9 in those games. Miami (11/21): Completed his longest pass of the season, a 68-yard touchdown to Jefferson in the third quarter ... It was his fifth pass completion over 50 yards ... Four of those were for touchdowns ... His five interceptions tied a career high, which he set as a rookie in 1993 (at Pittsburgh on Dec. 5, 1993) ... The Patriots' franchise record is six interceptions in a game, held by Steve Grogan and Vito (Babe) Parilli. Buffalo (11/28): Completed his 17th touchdown pass of the season when he connected with Glenn on a 45-yard touchdown ... It was the Patriots' only score in a 17-7 loss. Dallas (12/5): Led the Patriots on three 10-play scoring drives to claim a 13-6 victory over the Cowboys ... It was the first regular season victory in the series in Patriots history ... Reached the 25,000-yard passing plateau on a 10-yard pass to Terry Glenn in the fourth quarter ... Eclipsed the 3,000-yard passing plateau for the sixth consecutive season on a 25-yard completion to Jefferson ... From 1960-92, the feat had been accomplished just five times by four different quarterbacks ... Tony Eason was the only other quarterback in franchise history to have multiple 3,000-yard seasons (2). Indianapolis (12/12): Completed 31 of 44 passes (.705) for 379 yards, including the first seven passes of the game ... For the first time in his seven-year career, the Patriots lost despite Bledsoe completing over 70 percent of his passes ... The Patriots were undefeated in his first 10 games with completion percentages of 70 percent or higher ... Connected with Glenn on a 52-yard pass in the third quarter ... He was downed at the Colts' 3-yard line and the Patriots ultimately settled for a field goal ... It marked Bledsoe's sixth 50-yard pass of the season, his third to Glenn ... Passed for 379 yards, his second-highest total of the season and the 24th 300-yard game of his career ... The Patriots are 17-7 in those games ... The loss to the Colts snapped a seven-game series win streak by the Patriots ... His 31 completions was his highest for the season and the fifth-highest total of his career. Philadelphia (12/19): Played in his 104th career game (103 starts) ... Brett Favre is the only NFL quarterback to appear in more games (110) since Bledsoe entered the NFL in 1993. Buffalo (12/26): Led the Patriots on a 5-play, 27-yard drive on the team's final possession in regulation to put the team in field goal range with just :06 remaining in the game ... The 33-yard field goal attempt sailed wide right and sent the game into overtime ... Opened the overtime period with a 7-play, 37-yard drive to put the Patriots in field goal position once again, but had a 44-yard attempt fall short ... Passed for just 101 yards in the game, his lowest output (complete game) of his career ... The previous low was 106 yards vs. Cincinnati (12/12/93). Baltimore (1/2): Wrapped up the season completing 15 of 25 passes for 108 yards and a touchdown in a 20-3 victory over the Ravens ... The victory gave the Patriots an 8-8 overall record ... His touchdown pass was a 1-yard toss to reserve tight end Mike Bartrum, the second reception and second touchdown of his career.
1998 (14/14 0/0): Did not play vs. New York (12/27) or San Francisco (12/20) ... Completed 11 of 35 passes for 176 yards and a touchdown vs. St. Louis (12/13) ... Completed 21 of 34 passes for 327 yards and had an 86-yard touchdown to Terry Glenn vs. Pittsburgh (12/6) ... Completed 28 of 43 passes for 246 yards and three touchdowns vs. Buffalo (11/29) ... Threw the game-winning score to Tight End Ben Coates with no time remaining in the game ... Drove the team 82 yards in the last 1:52 for the win ... Earned Miller Lite Player of the Game honors for the second consecutive week ... Completed 28 of 54 passes for a non-overtime, career-high of 423 yards and two touchdowns vs. Miami (11/23) ... Hit Shawn Jefferson with a game-winning 25-yard touchdown pass with 29 seconds remaining ... It was the culmination of a 15-play, 80 yard drive during which the Patriots faced 3rd and 11, 3rd and 10, 4th and 10 and 4th and 7 ...Bledsoe earned Miller Lite Player of the Game honors and was also selected as the national winner ... Was 12 of 31 for 180 yards and a touchdown vs. Buffalo (11/15) ... Completed 19 of 34 passes for 229 yards one touchdown vs. Atlanta (11/8) ... Completed 22 of 35 passes for 306 yards and two touchdowns vs. Indianapolis (11/1) ... Threw a 63-yard touchdown to rookie wide receiver Tony Simmons ... Finished 13 of 33 for 240 yards vs. Miami (10/25) ... Completed 18 of 30 passes for 206 yards and one touchdown vs. New York Jets (10/19) ... Finished 17 of 26 for 226 yards and thee touchdowns vs. Kansas City (10/11) ... Threw two touchdown passes to Ben Coates and one to Robert Edwards ... Completed 21 of 35 passes for 317 yards and a touchdown pass vs. New Orleans (10/4) ...Drove the team 70 yards for a game-winning field goal in the last 1:29 of the game ... Completed 18 of 30 passes for 250 yards and a 51-yard touchdown to Terry Glenn vs. Tennessee (9/20) ...Through the first three weeks, Bledsoe had not thrown an interception ... It marked the first time he had achieved that since he avoided throwing an interception in three straight games last season (11/23-12/7)... Completed 15 of 29 passes for 218 yards and a touchdown pass to Terry Glenn...vs. Indianapolis (9/13) ... He completed 20 of 32 passes for 289 yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions vs. Denver (9/7) Had two completions of 50+ yards... Shawn Jefferson had a 55-yard catch, while Troy Brown had a 52-yard reception... It was the first time in Bledsoe's career that he had two passes of 50+ yards in a single game... Finished the week with a 112.6 quarterback rating which was second in the AFC after Warren Moon.
1997 (16/16, 2/2): vs. San Diego (8/31/97) - Completed 26 of 39 passes for 340 yards...ran twice for 8 yards...first TD pass of game and season to Ben Coates for four yards was also the first score in the NFL by any team of 1997 season...completed passes to eight different receivers...made two big blocks for Curtis Martin on runs around tackle...named Miller Lite Player of the Game...named Staples Star of the Game...had 14th career 300-yard passing game...12th game with more than 3 TD passes...had 11th career game without interception or sack...made big block on Martin run allowing him to gain 6 yards and reach Charger 3-yard line - led to field goal. at Indianapolis(9/7) - named Staples Star of Game and Miller Lite Player of the Game for the second straight game...his 149.9 QB rating for the games is the second highest of his career...game marks the second consecutive week and ninth time in the last 16 games he has achieved a 100.0-plus rating...is first player in NFL history to throw 4 TD passes in each of the first 2 weeks of the season...his 8TD passes in two games is the highest two game total of his career...his TD percentage of 12.5 and interception percentage of 0.0 are career bests during the two game span...Bledsoe threw four touchdowns for the sixth time in his career and is the first time he has accomplished it in back-to-back weeks...completed a 3rd and 3 pass for a touchdown to Jefferson on the second possession of the game. vs. N.Y. Jets(9/7) - threw first interceptions of season and first game with a quarterback rating under 100.0...flagged for 15-yard unsportsmanlike conduct penalty. vs. Chicago(9/21) - had his second 300-yard passing game of his career...two times sacked are the most this season in one game...operated out of the shotgun set a season-high seven times...out of the shotgun he was 4-7 for 28 yards and one sack. at Denver(10/6) - completed passes to eight different receivers...fumbled once but recovered own fumble...converted a key 4th and 1 with a quarterback sneak for three yards. vs. Buffalo(10/12) - has thrown a touchdown pass on the opening drive of all four Patriots home games this year - a 20-yard TD pass to Ben Coates this game...now only trails Babe Parilli (16,747 yds) and Steve Grogan (26,886 yds) in career passing yardage in team history.at N.Y. Jets(10/19) - completed season-long 67-yard pass to Troy Brown...sacked for 100th time in 67th career game - an average of 1.5 a game...had season-high 17 yards rushing including season-long run of eight yards. vs. Green Bay(10/27) - his 18 touchdowns through eight games surpasses his season totals for 1993 (15) and 1995 (13) - at his current pace he would set a franchise record with 36 touchdowns for the season...one of his three interceptions was thrown on a hail mary pass at the end of the first half...had one fumble recovery...all three quarterback ratings under 82 have come in night games. at Minnesota(11/2) - his 76-yard pass to Shawn Jefferson is his longest this season and second longest of is career - his longest remains an 84-yard touchdown pass to Ben Coates last season vs. Miami...went over 17,000 yards passing for his career in the game...threw the 100th TD pass of his career on a three-yard pass to Terry Glenn in the 4th quarter...is the seventh fastest player in NFL history to reach 100 scoring strikes, doing it in 69 games...is only the third player in franchise history to connect on 100 passing touchdowns...named Miller Lite Player of the Game...passed for over 300 yards for the third time this season and the 16th time of his career, adding to his own franchise record...set season-highs with 27 completions and 42 pass attempts...surpassed Vito ‘Babe" Parilli (16,747) for second place in Patriots history with 17,002 passing yards. at Buffalo(11/9) - is the first game since Week two at Indianapolis that he didn't throw an interception...in an efficient performance completed a season-high 68.2% of his passes...was also sacked a season-high three times for 36 yards...increased touchdown passes streak to 11 consecutive games. at Tampa Bay(11/16) - had an off day, throwing several passes behind receivers...fumbled twice, recovering once...31.6 QB pass rating for the game is his lowest by far this season...had streak of 11 straight games with a touchdown pass snapped. vs. Miami(11/23) - one rush was for a quarterback sneak which gained three yards. vs. Indianapolis(11/30) - surpassed 3,000 yards passing for the fourth consecutive season, extending his Patriot record...has not thrown an interception against the Colts in their last four meetings, a total of 112 passes ...named Staples Star of the Game... at Jacksonville(12/7) - 74.3 completion percentage is his highest of the season and second best in his career...named Staples and Miller Lite Player of the Game...was stopped for no gain on a quarterback sneak in the 3rd quarter—the first time this year he has been stopped. vs. Pittsburgh(12/13) - recorded a tackle on the return of his 4th quarter interception...moved into fourth place on Patriots' single season list for attempts and completions...with his interception in the third quarter, broke a string of 120 consecutive passes without an interception...set a career-high for touchdowns in a season with his 28th. at Miami(12/22) - finished with over 3,000 yards passing for fourth time in his five seasons. vs. Miami(12/28) - threw his fifth career touchdown pass to Troy Brown in the second quarter. at Pittsburgh(1/3) - his 264 yards passing is his most ever in a postseason game.
1996 (16/16, 3/3): Bledsoe started all 19 games for the Patriots last year, including playoffs, the most single-season starts by a Patriots quarterback in franchise history ... for the second time in three seasons, he eclipsed the 4,000-yard passing plateau and earned a return trip to the Pro Bowl ... he led the league in pass attempts (623) for the third consecutive season and in completions (373) for the second time in three years ... his 4,086 yards, 27 touchdowns and 2.4% interception ratio totals were each ranked third in the league ... he set a personal single-season best with a quarterback rating of 83.7, fifth in the AFC ... after an 0-2 start, he guided the team to victories in 11 of the next 14 games to claim the AFC East Title ... the Patriots then defeated the Pittsburgh Steelers and Jacksonville Jaguars to claim the AFC Championship and advance to Super Bowl XXXI ... he opened the season at Miami (9/1) and moved ahead of Tony Eason into third place on the Patriots' all-time passing list with his performance ... the Patriots were without WRs Terry Glenn and Vincent Brisby and lost Shawn Jefferson with a concussion ... Bledsoe employed seven different receivers in the game and was sacked four times, the second-most in his career, while surrendering the season opener to the Dolphins 24-10 ... sacked four times the following week in a losing effort at Buffalo (9/8), but did complete a 37-yard touchdown pass to rookie wide out Terry Glenn, his first career touchdown reception ... earned Miller Lite Player of the Game honors for his performance in the 1996 home opener, a 31-0 blanking of Arizona (9/15) ... he completed 21 of 35 attempts (.600) for 221 yards and three touchdowns without an interception, but it was his pickup of a first down on 4th-and-1 when he jumped over a defender for a 1-yard gain that will be most remembered ... he completed his first eight pass attempts vs. Jacksonville (9/22) the following week and led the Patriots on a 49-yard drive to set up the game-winning kick in an overtime victory over the Jaguars ... earned Miller Lite Player of the Game and Staples Star of the Game honors the following week at Baltimore (10/6) when he threw for a season-high and single-game career-tying four touchdown
1995 (15/15): For the second straight season, Bledsoe attempted (636) and completed (323) more passes for more yards (3,507) than any other quarterback in Patriots history ... amazingly, he did so in just 15 games ... contrary to his 1994 record-setting season (when the Patriots all but abandoned the run and relied on Bledsoe's passing to guide the offense) the Patriots stayed committed to their running game throughout the year and produced the franchise's all-time single-season rushing leader when Curtis Martin rushed for 1,487 yards ... Bledsoe had a streak of 23 consecutive starts snapped when he missed a game at Atlanta (10/1) while recovering from a separated left shoulder (non-throwing) injury, suffered in the third week of the season at San Francisco (9/17) ... he started 15 games for the Patriots and completed 323 of his 636 attempts (.508) for 3,507 yards and 13 touchdowns ... he trimmed 11 interceptions off his 1994 total, finishing with just 16 miscues all season ... for the second consecutive year, he attempted more passes than any other NFL quarterback and ranked second in the AFC in pass completions ... he finished fourth in the AFC in passing yards – 12th overall ... tied another franchise record during a seven-game stretch (10/15 to 11/26) at midseason when he attempted 179 consecutive passes without an interception (tying Tony Eason) ... his record-breaking 180th pass attempt was intercepted by Buffalo's Bryce Paup (11/26) on the Bills' goal line ... opened the season vs. Cleveland (9/3) and helped guide the Patriots to a come-from-behind 17-14 victory over the Browns ... trailing 14-9 with just 4:29 remaining in the game, Bledsoe led the Patriots on a 14-play, 85-yard drive which was capped by a Curtis Martin game-winning touchdown run with just 19 seconds remaining in the game ... it was Bledsoe's sixth come-from-behind victory of his career and the second over the Browns ... he finished the day completing 30 of 47 attempts for 302 yards and did not throw an interception in the game ... his 302 yards represented a third of a "milestone trifecta," which included Curtis Martin's 102 yards rushing and Ben Coates' 106 yards receiving ... it was just the fourth "milestone trifecta" in Patriots history ... attempted 51 passes in back-to-back losses vs. Miami (9/10) and at San Francisco (9/17) – his sixth and seventh 50-attempt game of his young career ... received a devastating hit, delivered by LB Ken Norton, late in the first quarter at San Francisco and was forced to leave the game with a separated left shoulder ... showed tremendous will and determination when he re-entered the game early in the second quarter and played through the pain after missing just one offensive series ... played the remainder of the game, but could not ignite a spark as the Patriots lost 28-3 ... finished the game completing just 21 of 51 attempts for 241 yards and threw three interceptions ... missed the following game at Atlanta (10/1) following the Patriots' bye week while still recovering from the injury ... returned to the starting lineup and attempted 56 passes the following week vs. Denver (10/8), but could not generate an offensive touchdown despite penetrating the "red zone" on four occasions ... threw his first touchdown pass of the season at Kansas City (10/15) when he connected with Vincent Brisby for a 22-yard score in the third quarter ... added a fourth quarter touchdown pass when Will Moore scored his first NFL touchdown on a 6-yard reception ... finished the game completing 25 of 47 passes for 237 yards, including the two touchdowns, but the Patriots could not pull out their second victory of the season and fell to 1-5 ... the Patriots hosted their first Monday Night Football game in 14 years and scored an impressive 27-14 victory over the Bills (10/23) ... threw for 262 yards and a touchdown while completing 23 of 40 attempts in that game ... connected with Brisby on his longest pass completion of the season when Brisby scored on a 47-yard reception in a 34-17 victory over Miami (11/12) ... it was the first of two touchdown passes in the game ... threw for three touchdowns in a 35-25 victory over Buffalo (11/26), completing the first series sweep of the Bills since 1987 ... hit rookie wide out Hason Graham in stride for a 37-yard touchdown vs. New York (12/10) to help the Patriots to a 31-28 victory to complete a series sweep over the Jets ... sustained a contusion to his right shoulder in the first quarter at Pittsburgh (12/16) when Greg Lloyd pressured Bledsoe on a pass attempt – yet finished the game with a season-high performance completing 39 of 60 passes for 336 yards and three touchdowns to earn Staples Star of the Game honors ... closed out the season completing just 17 of 37 passes for 186 yards in a 7-10 loss at Indianapolis (12/23) ... scored the only touchdown of the game on a 31-yard pass to Hason Graham.
1994 (16/16, 1/1): Bledsoe threw more times (691) and completed more passes (400) for more yards (4,555) than any other quarterback in 1994 ... he finished fourth in the league with 25 touchdown passes, trailing only Steve Young (35), Brett Favre (33) and Dan Marino (30) ... he guided the top-rated passing offense in the NFL, averaging 277.8 yards per game ... earned Patriots' Miller Lite Player of the Game a total of four times, weeks 1, 2, 11 and 16 ... selected the NFL's Miller Lite Player of the Week — as selected by a national media panel — and AFC Player of the Week by the NFL for his performances against Green Bay 10/2 (53-29-334-2 tds-1 int) and Minnesota 11/13 (70-45-426-3 tds-0 ints) ... he completed over 50 passes to five different targets — Ben Coates (96), Michael Timpson (74), Leroy Thompson (65), Vincent Brisby (58), and Kevin Turner (52) — for the first time in NFL history ... became the youngest quarterback (22-years old) to play in the Pro Bowl in the history of the game ... was a UPI second-team All-AFC selection ... set three NFL passing records — most attempts in a season (691), most attempts in a game (70) and most completions in a game (45) ... came within four pass completions to establish a fourth NFL record – his 400 completions rank second only to Warren Moon who completed 404 passes for Houston in 1991 ... set eight franchise passing records — most attempts in a season (691), most attempts in a game (70), most completions in a season (400), most completions in a game (45), most passing yardage in a season (4,555), most passing yardage in a game (426), most consecutive 300-yard games (4) and most 300-yard games in one season (6) ... in 1994 alone, Bledsoe attempted more passes (691), completed more passes (400) and threw for more yards (4,555) than 31 of his 36 predecessors had accomplished during their Patriots' careers ... Bledsoe started every game in 1994 to become the first Patriots quarterback to do so since Steve Grogan started every game in 1975 ... among NFL quarterbacks, only Dan Marino, who threw for 5,084 yards in 1984, had a more spectacular sophomore season than Bledsoe ... he opened the season at Miami (9/4) and set a Patriots passing record by throwing for 421 yards (which he broke nine games later) in just his 13th NFL start ... in that season-opener, he completed 32 of 51 passes while throwing four touchdowns ... it was the second time in his short career that he had thrown for four touchdowns in a game ... connected with Ben Coates on a 62-yard touchdown strike — the longest completion of Bledsoe's career ... earned Patriots' Miller Lite Player of the Game honors, as voted by a local media panel, for his performance ... nearly duplicated his performance the following week in the home opener vs. Buffalo (9/11) ... completed 26 of 42 passes (.619) for 380 yards and three touchdowns to earn consecutive Patriots' Miller Lite Player of the Game honors ... passed for over 300 yards in five of his first six games of the season ... trailing 19-20 in the third quarter at Cincinnati (9/18), Bledsoe led the Patriots 80 yards on eight plays, capped by a 34-yard touchdown pass to Michael Timpson to take a 25-20 lead ... put the game out of reach on the following possession with a 61-yard scoring drive to give the Patriots a 31-20 lead in the 31-28 victory ... Bledsoe finished the game with 365 yards and a touchdown, completing 30 of 50 pass attempts (.600) in the Patriots' first victory of the season ... with a 10-7 lead and just under six minutes remaining in the second quarter at Detroit (9/25), Bledsoe guided a 14-play, 69-yard scoring drive capped by a 7-yard touchdown pass to Ben Coates with just 21 seconds remaining to take a 17-7 lead in the 23-17 victory ... he completed 21 of 33 attempts (.636) for 251 yards and a touchdown ... trailing 16-14 with 1:14 remaining in the game vs. Green Bay (10/2), Bledsoe directed the Patriots on an 11-play, 45-yard drive which set up the game-winning field goal by Matt Bahr (33 yards) with just :04 remaining in the game — the Patriots won 17-16 ... threw for over 300 yards for the fifth time in six weeks when he completed 23 of 55 passes for 321 yards and two touchdowns in a 21-17 loss vs. the Raiders (10/9) ... threw for 242, 125 and 166 yards in three consecutive losses before exploding for a franchise record by completing 45 of 70 passes for 421 yards and three touchdowns vs. Minnesota (11/13) ... trailing 20-0 with 58 seconds remaining in the first half, he completed four consecutive passes to lead the Patriots on a seven-play, 48-yard drive to position Matt Bahr for a 38-yard field goal as time expired ... in the second half, Bledsoe turned in what has already become a legendary performance by completing 37 of 53 attempts (.698) for 354 yards and three touchdowns, without an interception, a sack or a penalty called against him ... connected with Ray Crittenden on a 31-yard touchdown on the opening drive of the second half ... pulled to within three (20-17) with a 5-yard touchdown pass to Leroy Thompson with 2:27 remaining in the game ... with just 1:51 remaining in the game, Bledsoe converted a 4th-and-10 with a 25-yard completion to Vincent Brisby ... completed his next four attempts to take the Patriots to the five-yard line, where Matt Bahr kicked the game-tying field goal with just 14 seconds remaining to send the game to overtime ... he completed his first five attempts of the overtime period and won the game (26-20) with a 14-yard touchdown strike to Kevin Turner in the corner of the end zone ... the 26 unanswered points in a 26-20 overtime victory over the Vikings ignited a seven-game win streak to close the season ... trailing 9-10 at Indianapolis (11/27) with 3:13 remaining in the game, Bledsoe directed his third 4th-quarter comeback of the season with a 12-play, 55-yard drive to position Bahr for his second game-winning field goal (42 yards) of the season ... finished the game completing 26 of 36 attempts for a season-high 72.2% completion percentage ... ended the season with consistency, throwing for 277, 276 and 277 yards respectively in the last three regular season games ... recorded a nearly flawless day at Buffalo (12/18) by completing 22 of 31 attempts (.710) for 276 yards and three touchdowns without an interception or a sack in a 41-17 victory at Buffalo ... clinched the Patriots' first playoff berth in eight seasons with a 13-3 victory at Chicago (12/24) ... completed just over 60 percent of his attempts (23 of 38) for 277 yards and secured the victory with a 3-yard touchdown pass to Leroy Thompson with 2:32 remaining in the game ... attempted 50 passes for the sixth time of the season in the Patriots 20-13 wild-card playoff loss at Cleveland (1/1/95).
1993 (13/12): Led a Patriots' offense that improved from its 27th ranking in '92 to 12th in '93 ... led a passing attack that jumped 14 places in the NFL rankings, from 26th to 12th ... opened his rookie season as the starting quarterback until a midseason injury sidelined him for three games ... at the age of 21, he became the youngest player in franchise history and just the second rookie quarterback in team history to start in his NFL debut (Jim Plunkett started in his NFL debut in 1971) and the youngest player to ever ... his first career completion was thrown to fullback Sam Gash for a gain of seven yards (9/5) ... his first touchdown was thrown to Ben Coates, who caught a pass on a crossing pattern and ran 54 yards for a touchdown — Bledsoe's longest completion of the season ... he rewrote the Patriots rookie passing records by finishing the season with 214 completions on 429 attempts for 2,494 yards and 15 touchdowns ... voted Rookie of the Year by the Patriots' Quarterback Club ... his 2,494 yards rank fourth all-time on the NFL's rookie quarterback list and 10th all-time among the Patriots' career passing leaders ... his 429 passing attempts was the fourth-highest for a single season in team history while his 214 completions was fifth ... saved his best game for the season finale, throwing for a career-high 329 yards, completing 27 of 43 passes, including four touchdowns in a 33-27 overtime victory vs. Miami (1/2/94) ... named Miller Lite Player of the Game for his efforts vs. Miami ... he became the first Patriots quarterback since Hugh Millen (12/8/91) to throw for 300 yards in a game ... teamed with Michael Timpson on the 36-yard touchdown pass that won the game in overtime ... threw eight touchdowns and only two interceptions during the four-game win streak that ended the season ... was sacked only 16 times all season, including one streak of 14 quarters without a sack ... threw for second highest total of season, 296 yards, completing 18 of 48 passes, in 17-14 heartbreaking loss at Pittsburgh (12/5) ... inactive for three games (vs. Houston 10/17, at Seattle 10/24 and at Indianapolis 10/31) after injuring his left knee just before halftime of the 23-21 victory at Phoenix 10/10 ... completed a season-high 28 passes on 49 attempts for 239 yards in a 19-16 overtime loss vs. Detroit (9/12).
Despite only starting 28 games during his collegiate career (1990-92), he left the school ranked second on the all-time passing list with 7,373 yards, topped only by Jack Thompson's 7,818 yards (44 games) ... his 46 touchdowns and 532 completions are second on WSU's career lists behind Thompson's 53 scores and 601 completions ... named All-Pac-10 and was ninth in the nation in total offense averaging 247.0 yards per game ... started every game, completing 211 of 386 passes for 2,770 yards and 18 touchdowns as a junior in 1992 ... hit on 37 of 66 passes for a school-record 413 yards against Montana ... selected Pac-10 Player of the Week after hitting on 18 of 30 passes for 259 yards and a touchdown in blizzard-like conditions against Washington ... broke his own school-record by throwing for 476 yards (30 of 46) and tied another record with an 87-yard pass, as the Cougars rolled up 636 total yards in a Copper Bowl victory over Utah ... All-Pac-10 conference second team pick as a sophomore after completing 199 of 358 passes (.556) for 2,741 yards ... his 2,647 yards in total offense ranked fourth-best in school history ... he became the first true freshman to start for Washington State in over 30 years in 1990.
Drew Bledsoe was born the son of Mac and Barbara Bledsoe on Feb. 14, 1972 in Ellensburg, Wash. ... Selected first-team all-state by the Tacoma News Tribune after senior year at Walla Walla (Wash.) High ... Named on numerous local and regional all-star teams, including the Western 100, Northwest Nugget, Super Prep's Far West Offensive Player of the Year, Long Beach Press Telegram “Best of the West,” Seattle Times Blue Chip and Washington State Player of the Year honors ... Also lettered in basketball ... Majored in education at Washington State ... Established the Albert S. “Stu” Bledsoe Endowed Football Scholarship, a $150,000 endowment to his alma mater, in the name of his grandfather ... Serves as International Chairman of the Children's Miracle Network, helping to raise millions of dollars annually to benefit hospitalized children in 170 children's hospitals nationwide ... Founded the Drew Bledsoe Foundation, whose mission is to improve the lives of American children by teaching parenting skills to parents ... Launched a web site for the foundation in 1999 at www.drewbledsoe.com ... Drew and his wife, Maura, have three sons, Stuart (10/16/97) John (5/5/99) and Hank.