This Saturday, Drew Bledsoe will be inducted into the Patriots’ Hall of Fame at Patriot Place in Foxborough along with Jon Morris. There was no question that Bledsoe would be inducted into the Hall at Patriot Place not only due to his prolific pass numbers and franchise records (being broken now by Tom Brady), but also because of the significant role he played in reviving the Patriots franchise. He joined Bill Parcells to make the Patriots not only a relevant NFL team, but a Super Bowl contender. During his last year in New England, he came in off the bench for an injured Tom Brady in the AFC Championship Game and helped get them to the Super Bowl, which the team went on to win for the first time in franchise history.
While his lore in New England is unquestioned, is he Canton-worthy?
The thought never really entered my mind because he was hammered at times in the media and by a contingent of fans while he was in New England. Personally, I would put him in the Pro Football Hall of Fame, but I am EXTREMELY biased on the topic, as you may know (and if you don’t, you can READ THIS). However, Jeff Howe of NESN.com stacked up Bledsoe’s numbers against other QB Hall of Famers and Bledsoe fairs extremely well. When you add some historical context to Bledsoe, his case becomes stronger.
There’s no cut-and-dry answer in regard to Bledsoe’s Pro Football Hall of Fame credentials, but he’s got enough to be on the bubble, at worst. When his numbers are stacked up against the best who have ever played, Bledsoe surely looks like a player who deserves enshrinement.
Some Hall of Famers transcend the sport with their popularity off the field or an achievement that helped the NFL reach new levels of success. Bledsoe was good enough to help keep the Patriots in New England, entice Bill Parcells to embark on a new journey and push the Pats toward their Super Bowl era.
Check out Howe’s full article, including the stats comparison by clicking HERE. If you’re a Bledsoe fan, it’s a must-read. What do you think about Bledsoe’s Canton worthiness? Vote in the poll below!