Despite Teams Trying, Drew Bledsoe Cannot Be Lured Back To The NFL
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#1 Dec 6, 2007
Retired QB Bledsoe can't be lured back
By Mike Reiss | October 28, 2007 |Boson Globe
The phone has been ringing, but Drew Bledsoe has been holding his ground. Despite interest from a handful of teams, he's not coming back to the NFL.
When Bledsoe decided to retire in April, he figured a run of injuries to quarterbacks might create an opportunity for him to enjoy a 15th season as a starter.
But much like his on-field style, Bledsoe isn't moving off the spot.
"I thought about it long and hard before I made the decision to retire," he said. "That's why I took two to three months; to be sure it was what I wanted to do. I felt like I had reached the point in my life where it was the right decision, a final decision.
"I feel good about it. I do miss the game and I knew I would miss the game. But I'm at a spot in my life where I'm staying busy and I'm completely 100 percent healthy, and I'd like it to stay that way. And to give what you have to give to play this game - that 100 percent level - I'm not at that point."
When he retired, Bledsoe told his agent, David Dunn, that he didn't need to know - and didn't want to know - if teams were calling to express interest in him. But over the last few weeks, as teams such as Carolina, Arizona, San Francisco, and Jacksonville have lost starting quarterbacks, the volume of calls increased to the point that Dunn felt he wouldn't be doing his job if he didn't inform Bledsoe.
"He said he felt he owed it to me to make sure I was still feeling the same way, that I was in the same place I was before," said Bledsoe, who most recently declined a feeler from the Jaguars last week. "I told him that I was really sure. It feels good to know."
So in a season in which Carolina has signed 43-year-old Vinny Testaverde as an emergency starter and Arizona has brought in two younger backups in Tim Rattay and Tim Hasselbeck, Bledsoe couldn't be swayed."I really felt, late in the season last year, that was it. It was time and I was done," he said. "I kind of stepped away from it because I really wanted to make sure it was the right decision. Was I really ready to step away from something that was so important to me? I talked to people and in the end my feelings didn't change. I felt it was time to move on to the next phase."
Bledsoe, a father of four, said he's been busier than expected in retirement, from coaching flag football, to business ventures in wine, coffee, and real estate, to charity work. Last weekend, for example, he traveled to Florida to watch the Patriots-Dolphins game at the home of a fan who bid $8,107 as part of a Miller Lite promotion to benefit the Jimmy V Foundation for Cancer Research.
At some point, Bledsoe said, he would welcome the opportunity to return to New England, where he played the first nine years of his career before stops in Buffalo and Dallas.
"I would imagine at some point I'll get back up to New England; I still have a ton of friends, and when it comes to the Kraft family, I'm a huge fan of what they've accomplished," he said. "I respect their family and consider them good friends. It wasn't the storybook ending I wanted, but I have a lot of affection for the organization. I'm proud of my time there and what we were able to accomplish."
And Bledsoe is content to close the book on his career. When I say the decision is final, I know there are no guarantees," he said. "But the chances are very, very slim I'd come back."
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#2 Dec 17, 2007
With the lack of quality play of the Qb's in the league this year I would not be surprised to see Drew come back in 2008. If it was the right opportunity I can see him making a comeback.
When he retired he said "He says he isn't leaving the game because he feels he's finished. As a matter of fact, he says, he feels as good as he did a decade ago".
In the above interview he said "When I say the decision is final, I know there are no guarantees,"
Bledsoe can be lured back if the right team calls. He still has more records to break and he needs his own superbowl ring then he would be a lock for the Hall of Fame
#3 Aug 23, 2008
I see him coming back if brady gets injuried. There backups aint all that great.
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