Drew Bledsoe is a former quarterback who played in the NFL for 14 seasons, primarily with the New England Patriots. After playing college football at Washington State Univeristy for three years, he was selected by the New england Patriots as the first overall pick in the 1993 NFL Draft. He would go on to improve the fortunes of the New England Patriots, who had fallen on hard times.
During his tenure as starting quarterback, the Patriots ended a seven-season postseason drought, qualified for the playoffs four times, and made a Super Bowl appearance in Super Bowl XXXI. He was also named to three Pro Bowls and became the youngest quarterback to play in the NFL's all-star game at the time with his 1995 appearance. Bledsoe is recognized for helping rebuild the franchise and his role during their first Super Bowl-winning season when he led the team to victory in the 2001 AFC Championship after Brady was injured.
For his accomplishments in New England he was inducted to the Patriots Hall of Fame in 2011. In July 2012, Bledsoe was named the 30th greatest quarterback of the NFL's post-merger era by Football Nation. In January 2018, Bledsoe was named honorary captain of the New England Patriots as they hosted the Jacksonville Jaguars in the AFC Championship Game.
After retiring from football, Bledsoe has remained involved in various business ventures and philanthropic activities. He also established a winery in Walla Walla, Washington, called Doubleback, which produces highly regarded wines.