Patriots HoF Finalists Announced

The Patriots have announced the three finalists for enshrinement in the Hall at Patriot Place. As expected, QB Drew Bledsoe, in his first year of eligibility, is one of the finalists, along with his former coach Bill Parcells and DT and three-time finalist Houston Antwine. With all due respect to Houston Antwine, QB Drew Bledsoe is the clear-cut choice for enshrinement. When Bledsoe’s eligibility first came up back in March, I gave an impassioned case for #11 to be the choice, and you can read that HERE. ESPN Boston analyst Mike Reiss also feels that Drew is the clear choice, and you can read his arguments HERE. Honestly, I’m a little surprised that the Tuna is a finalist in his first year of eligibility. While he certainly played a prominent role in the resurgence of the franchise, he created a HUGE distraction during the Super Bowl with the news that he was on his way to the rival New York Jets. That certainly did not help the team in its preparations, and he was a thorn in the Patriots’ side for years while coaching the Jets, even coaxing future NFL Hall-of-Fame RB Curtis Martin out of New England.

You can watch videos about the three finalists and vote for your choice (Drew!) HERE. You will have the opportunity to vote now through May 15 and the 2011 Patriots Hall of Fame inductee will be announced May 16.

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  • John Morgan

    Why is it that so many are making this a two-person discussion? Not to single you out, because Reiss did the same thing. Obviously Parcells and Bledsoe were with the Patriots organization and many did not see Antwine play, but it’s a shame that so many are only writing about the first two.

    Frankly Houston Antwine is by far the most deserving candidate. Antwine was in six consecutive all star games and was named to the alltime all-AFL team. Bledsoe did not go to as many Pro Bowls and probably wouldn’t make an all-90′s team of the decade.

  • John Morgan

    I meant to say Parcells and Bledsoe were with the Patriots organization ‘more recently’ (above).

    Just curious: do you consider Bledsoe to be the clear-cut choice because his accomplishments and productivity were superior to Antwine’s – or simply because you never saw him play and therefore have no point of reference to consider him?

  • jamie

    My feelings about Bledsoe are two-fold. I feel he was a highly productive player at the most important position on a football team. Also, and perhaps more importantly, I feel he is the clear-cut choice because of his role in taking the organization from the pits and making it not only respectable but highly successful and a product brand. As I’m sure you know, the Patriots were down in the dumps prior to Bledsoe’s arrival and then almost moved to Connecticut. His play, coupled with Parcells’ coaching and Robert Kraft’s leadership, raised the organization to a model franchise.

    Admittedly, I have a biased towards Drew because I was a kid watching him play, and he was my hero growing up. I mention this and Bledsoe’s on-field accomplishments in the piece I linked to in the article.

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