Thursday, August 29, 2013

Day 151: Drew Blesoe Back on the Football Field

Former New England Patriot quarterback, Drew Bledsoe is back in football. The 41-year-old has recently accepted the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coaching job at Summit High School in Bend, Oregon where Bledsoe and his family live. He's following in the footsteps of his dad who coached for 35 years.

Most of the kids he's coaching weren't even born during the height of Bledsoe's career. If you do the math, even the seniors were still babies when he led the Patriots to their second Super Bowl appearance in 1996. And none of them was around when he was drafted #1 in 1993. Drew Bledsoe played 14 years in the NFL with New England, Buffalo and Dallas and who knows where he may have ended up had he not been lambasted by Mo Lewis in 2001.

After retiring seven years ago, Bledsoe has had quite the non-football career. He's started a winery, a private investment firm, a specialty coffee roasting company and the Drew Bledsoe Foundation. And he was inducted in the the Patriots Hall of Fame. Not bad for a guy who was always just an average quarterback.

It appears Bledsoe has his hands full this season. The Summit Storm was outscored by almost 200 points and finished last season with a 2-7 record. Good news is that they're returning 12 starters and their senior quarterback. It will be interesting to see if he turns this team around.

Good luck, Coach Bledsoe!

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