The identity of his latest, though, might surprise you a little bit.
Drew Bledsoe. Yup, that’s right. Speaking to a few reporters, including our own Shalise Manza Young, at a wine-tasting he staged in Newton, Bledsoe was succinct concerning Brady:
“He’s the last guy anyone has to worry about.’’
Since we’re here, and just because these might be the two most important players in the history of the franchise (one was vital in the team’s renaissance at a time when it could have moved to St. Louis, the other was its first championship QB), I thought it be interesting to put the two side-by-side statistically.
Now, Brady’s already shattered Bledsoe’s club records for completions, touchdown passes, yards, while Bledsoe still has the marks for attempts and yards per game. But just to look at it a little differently, I figured we’d compare the two across the board, and include all Bledsoe’s career numbers, and not just his Patriots stats. Here’s what I came up with:
BRADY (10 yrs.): 2672-4218 (63.3), 30,844 yds, 225 TDs, 99 INT, 93.3 Rating
BLEDSOE (14 yrs): 3839-6717 (57.2), 44,611 yds, 251 TDs, 206 INTs, 77.1 Rating
Those numbers do a couple things. They underscore how great Brady’s been, considering Bledsoe was this franchise’s best ever at the position before he came along. They show how Bledsoe, for all his positives, was historically uneven. And more than anything else — looking at how Brady’s chased down and passed Bledsoe in longevity as a Patriot — they make me feel old.