Ranking the best quarterbacks in NFL history #43. Drew Bledsoe

43. Drew Bledsoe: Bledsoe was selected with the first overall pick by the New England Patriots in the 1993 draft.  He spent 14 years in the league playing for the Patriots, Buffalo Bills and the Dallas Cowboys.  He had some great years in New England before moving on to the Bills after the emergence of Tom Brady.

His best years with the Pats came in 1996 and 1997.  In ’96 Bledsoe 59.9 percent of his passes for 4,086 yards and 27 touchdowns for the 11-5 Patriots while leading them all the way to the Super Bowl before falling to the Brett Favre led Green Bay Packers by a score of 35-21.  For his efforts that season Bledsoe was the AFC starter in the Pro Bowl. In ’97 Bledsoe led New England to the playoffs once again by completing 60.2 percent of his passes for 3,706 yards and 28 touchdowns and made another appearance in the Pro Bowl.

His last hurrah for the Pats came after he had lost his starting job to Brady.  Bledsoe came into the AFC Championship game in Pittsburgh with just under two minutes remaining in the second quarter of a 7-3 game for an injured Brady and led the Patriots to their only offensive touchdown of the game on an 11-yard pass to David Patten.  New England would go on to win that game with Bledsoe under center the remainder of the way to advance to the Super Bowl.

A year later, Bledsoe was back as a starting signal caller, but as a member of the Buffalo Bills.  In his last Pro Bowl season, Bledsoe completed 61.5 percent of his passes for 4,359 and 24 touchdowns while leading the Bills to an 8-8 record.  That mark was a five game improvement from the season before.

For his career, the four-time Pro Bowler threw for 44,611 yards and 251 touchdowns while completing 57.2 percent of his passes.  Even though he was not the most mobile quarterback, Bledsoe also rushed for 10 touchdowns.


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