As the New England Patriots prepare for their first meeting against the Minnesota Vikings since 2014 and for just the 12th time ever, the team YouTube account took a look back at one of the more memorable games between the two from November 13th 1994.
Former Patriot Donte’ Stallworth also took time to share a person story from his first meeting with Brees.
One day during rehab together, Drew turned to me and said, “hey I talked to your boy the other day.” I had no clue who he was talking about. “Who?” “Sean Payton,” he replied. I immediately got excited at the prospects of catching TD passes from Brees in a Sean Payton offense.
Then Drew began reeling off my 2005 season stats, the routes I ran the most, and what he envisioned we would be successful at. But not just me, he knew the depth chart of every position, and their contract situation.
That’s when I knew I first witnessed the greatness, that’s when I knew Brees was on a different level. His play shows the work, the meticulous attention to detail week in and week out, over the course of many seasons. Congrats to the all-time passing leader!
It’s been nearly 18 years since former New England Patriots quarterback Drew Bledsoe was a key figure in the local sports scene, but over the past two weeks, Bledsoe gained some newfound Boston attention from a very unlikely source, Terry Rozier and the Celtics playoff run.
To set the stage, in Game 1 of the Celtics first round matchup with the Milwaukee Bucks, C’s point guard Rozier called Bucks guard Eric Bledsoe “Drew”, either by accident or a little subtle trash talk after the teams Game 1 victory.
In response, the Bucks Bledsoe claimed he had no idea who Rozier even was after the Bucks tied the series in Game 2.
The Patriots meanwhile, saw the war of words as a perfect way to troll the Milwaukee Bucks while also showing some support for the local basketball team. The series was a tight back and forth that resulted in a Game 7 in Boston.
So at least for one series, Drew Bledsoe had some of the sports spotlight shined back on him and he didn’t disappoint. Helping provide one of the funniest and random Boston sports collaborations of recent memory.
On April 25th 1993, the historically bad fortunes of the New England Patriots franchise shifted to good following the selection of Washington State University quarterback Drew Bledsoe with the first overall pick.
Prior to drafting Bledsoe, the Patriots earned a mere six playoff berths from their founding in 1960 to 1992. Winning four games.
With Bledsoe under center beginning in 1993, the Patriots, who were just three seasons removed from a 1-15 season, returned to respectability and qualified for the playoffs four times over the next six years, including an appearance in Super Bowl XXXI. Bledsoe would earn three Pro Bowl selections in that span.
Bledsoe was elected to the Patriots Hall of Fame in 2011.
The drafting of Bledsoe, coupled with Robert Kraft purchasing the team a year later from James Orthwein, saved the franchise from relocating to St. Louis and ensured that New England would have a football team for years to come.
Since 1994, the Patriots have sold out every home game for 24 consecutive seasons.
On Instagram Wednesday, Bledsoe reflected back on the 25th anniversary of his draft day.
The New England Patriots announced on Friday that former quarterback Drew Bledsoe will serve as the teams honorary captain for the AFC Championship game on Sunday afternoon against the Jacksonville Jaguars.
Bledsoe, who played for the Patriots from 1993-2001, was the starting quarterback during the teams run to Super Bowl XXXI, beating the Jaguars 20-6 in January 1997 for the second AFC Championship in franchise history.
Patriots Chairman and CEO Robert Kraft released a statement following the news;
“Drew Bledsoe played such an integral role in our efforts to rebuild the Patriots,” said Patriots Chairman and CEO Robert Kraft. “He gave fans hope for the future by providing many memorable moments during his record-breaking career. For a franchise that had only hosted one playoff game in its first 35 years, winning the AFC Championship Game at home in Foxboro and taking the Patriots to the playoffs for three consecutive years were unimaginable goals prior to his arrival.”
Bledsoe will be on the field for the pregame festivities when he accompanies the Patriots captains for the coin toss, he was previously an honorary captain for the 2011 AFC Championship game when the Patriots beat the Baltimore Ravens 23-20 to advance to Super Bowl XLVI.
With a win over the Buffalo Bills on Sunday, the New England Patriots earned a first round bye for the eighth consecutive season. However despite Week 17 still being a must win game to decide the first or second seed, the team put a pause on the regular season finale next week to celebrate the Christmas holiday with their friends and families on Monday.
Speaking with the media Tuesday, even head coach Bill Belichick answered a Christmas related question with a football twist,
Bill Belichick on last-minute Christmas shopping and getting it done: "It was a struggle. 2-minute drill. We were out of timeouts."