- Height: 6'5"
- Weight: 233 lbs
- Date of Birth: February 14, 1972
- Hometown: Ellensburg High School
- College: Washington State University
- High School: Walla Walla High School
- Position: Quarterback (QB)
- Draft: 1st overall, New England Patriots, 1993
Drew Bledsoe was born on February 14, 1972, in Ellensburg, Washington. He started his career at Walla Walla High School before moving on to Washington State University (WSU). Bledsoe only stayed through his junior season at WSU but still managed to put together a record-setting career. In 28 starts he established WSU records in single-game passing yards (476), single-season pass completions (241), and single-season passing yards (3,246). Bledsoe was named Pacific-10 Conference Player of the Year as a junior and entered the 1993 NFL Draft.
The New England Patriots selected Bledsoe with the first overall pick of the 1993 draft. He spent his first eight seasons with the Patriots, helping transform the team into a winner. In his second season, Bledsoe was named to his first Pro-Bowl after throwing for 4,555 yards and 25 touchdowns. He followed that up with five consecutive seasons of 3,500 or more passing yards and two more Pro-Bowls. Bledsoe lost his starting job in 2001 when he was injured during the second game of the season. It turned out that Bledsoe’s successor, Tom Brady, ended up completely replacing Bledsoe. Bledsoe joined the Buffalo Bills prior to the 2002 season.
Bledsoe spent the last five years of his career with the Bills and the Dallas Cowboys. He finished his career strong, throwing for over 4,000 yards once, 3,000 yards twice, 2,800 yards four times, and 20 touchdowns three times. Bledsoe retired following the 2006 season with career totals of 3,839 pass completions (fifth all-time), 44,611 passing yards (seventh all-time), and 251 passing touchdowns.
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