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.