Today in Patriots History
Happy 45th birthday to Michael Bishop
Born May 15, 1976 in Galveston, Texas
Patriot QB, 1999-2000; uniform #7
Pats 7th round (227th overall) selection of the 1999 draft, from Kansas State
Michael Bishop was a healthy scratch for all but one game his rookie season. Because of his strong arm and mobility, he came in as a substitute for Drew Bledsoe on the final play of the half in Week 6 of the 2000 season vs the Colts, and completed a 44 yard Hail Mary touchdown.
Bishop went to NFL Europe the following spring, while his fan club that was based on one throw grew. The oft repeated concept of fans loving the backup on a losing team was in full force, and it hit a crescendo when Bishop was released during 2001 training camp. Thankfully Bill Belichick wasn't listening, and kept Tom Brady on the roster instead. Bishop finished his Patriot career with 8 games played, going 3/9 for 80 yards and one TD.
Green Bay picked Bishop up after being waived by the Pats, but the Packers released him less than two weeks later. He did find success north of the border, winning the Grey Cup in 2004 with the Toronto Argonauts. Overall he played in the CFL for ten seasons, plus a couple of years in the Arena League, in between stops in two lower level indoor football leagues in 2009.
In 2000, dual-threat quarterback Michael Bishop—and not relative unknown Tom Brady—was seen as a better prospect for the New England Patriots. Now Bishop plans to be in the stands for Super Bowl LI, cheering on his former teammate.
The Patriots drafted Mac Jones this year. His lack of athleticism is considered an issue. Back in 1999, they selected a QB whose athleticism was his strength.