14 – The number of years quarterback Drew Bledsoe played in his NFL career before he called it quits Wednesday. The number one overall pick in 1993 by the New England Patriots out of Washington State was also a three-year member with the Buffalo Bills before spending his last two seasons with the Dallas Cowboys. The four-time Pro-Bowler led the Patriots to his lone championship in the 2001 season, defeating the St. Louis Rams 20-17 in Super Bowl XXXVI.
Where Bledsoe ranks all-time:
- Averaged 34.6 pass attempts per game in his career, the highest average in NFL history with a minimum of 100 games, just ousting Dan Marino (34.5) and Brett Favre (34.1).
- Fifth in pass attempts (6,717) and completions (3,839).
- Seventh in passing yards (44,611).
- 13th in touchdown passes (251).
Bledsoe was released by the Cowboys in March and brought interest as backups for both the Cincinnati Bengals for Carson Palmer and the Seattle Seahawks for Matt Hasselbeck. Instead, he’ll take the money and run, accumulating more than $62 million from playing from 1993 through 2003 alone. That overpaid, good-for-nothing rock couldn’t even be a field goal placeholder, could he? *sigh.