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.