New England Patriots: Top 5 quarterbacks of all-time

LOS ANGELES - 1986: Quarterback Tony Eason
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26 Jan 1997: Quarterback Drew Bledsoe of the New England Patriots passes the ball during Super Bowl XXXI against the Green Bay Packers at the Superdome in New Orleans, Louisiana. The Packers won the game, 35-21. /

2. Drew Bledsoe (1993 – 2001)

Drew McQueen Bledsoe was THE man in New England from 1993 to 2001. He was the top pick in the 1993 draft out of Washington State University, and he immediately stepped in as the Patriots starter. He compiled a 63-60 record with the Patriots, but he helped to transform them. Bledsoe took the Patriots to the playoffs in just his second season, and in his fourth year, he got them all the way to the Super Bowl where they faced Brett Favre’s Green Bay Packers. In the ’96 playoffs, Bledsoe completed 59 passes for 595 yards and 3 touchdowns. He threw 7 interceptions though, with 4 of those coming in the Super Bowl. The Patriots lost that game 35-21 to Green Bay.

Bledsoe was the Patriots starter until a game against the Jets in 2001 where he was injured. In stepped Tom Brady, and the rest is history. Bledsoe had to play in the AFC Championship game that season though when Brady got hurt. Bledsoe had a touchdown and 102 yards in the game to help get New England back to the Super Bowl. Bledsoe earned a Super Bowl ring that year with New England, but the next season he was gone to lead the Buffalo Bills. Bledsoe is 2nd in wins, 2nd in yards, and 3rd in touchdowns in Patriots history. He was voted into the Patriots Hall of Fame in 2011 by the fans.