Giving Drew Bledsoe His Due

This week, as the Patriots saw their third string quarterback injured, it was the 15th anniversary of the dawn of the Tom Brady era after a Mo Lewis hit not only knocked quarterback Drew Bledsoe out of the game — it nearly killed him.

There was a reversal of fortune for the Patriots from that point forward since he was replaced with the GOAT and the Pats went from going 106-133 with one Super Bowl appearance in the 15 years before to 182-58 from 2001-2015 with four Super Bowl wins in six tries.

Bledsoe, however, is largely right to be upset about Patriot fans celebrating this day, not only because he almost died from the hit but because it undervalues his contributions to the team.

Prior to Brady, Bledsoe had the top 6 seasons for completions and total yardage and three of the top 5 seasons for touchdowns.  He was the franchise best until that point in time. After a 14-year career, he’s still 11th NFL all-time for career passing yards and 20th for career touchdowns.

Passing Table
Year Age Tm GS QBrec Cmp% Yds TD Int Y/C Rate 4QC GWD
1993 21 NWE 12 5-7-0 49.9 2494 15 15 11.7 65.0 2 2
1994* 22 NWE 16 10-6-0 57.9 4555 25 27 11.4 73.6 3 3
1995 23 NWE 15 6-9-0 50.8 3507 13 16 10.9 63.7 2 2
1996* 24 NWE 16 11-5-0 59.9 4086 27 15 11.0 83.7 3 4
1997* 25 NWE 16 10-6-0 60.2 3706 28 15 11.8 87.7 0 1
1998 26 NWE 14 8-6-0 54.7 3633 20 14 13.8 80.9 3 4
1999 27 NWE 16 8-8-0 56.6 3985 19 21 13.1 75.6 2 2
2000 28 NWE 16 5-11-0 58.8 3291 17 13 10.5 77.3 2 3
2001 29 NWE 2 0-2-0 60.6 400 2 2 10.0 75.3
2002* 30 BUF 16 8-8-0 61.5 4359 24 15 11.6 86.0 2 4
2003 31 BUF 16 6-10-0 58.2 2860 11 12 10.4 73.0 1 1
2004 32 BUF 16 9-7-0 56.9 2932 20 16 11.5 76.6
2005 33 DAL 16 9-7-0 60.1 3639 23 17 12.1 83.7 4 5
2006 34 DAL 6 3-3-0 53.3 1164 7 8 12.9 69.2
Career 193 98-95-0 57.2 44611 251 206 11.6 77.1 24 31
9 yrs NWE 123 63-60-0 56.3 29657 166 138 11.7 75.9 17 21
3 yrs BUF 48 23-25-0 59.1 10151 55 43 11.2 79.2 3 5
2 yrs DAL 22 12-10-0 58.4 4803 30 25 12.3 80.1 4 5
Provided by Pro-Football-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 9/25/2016.
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