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Former Patriots QB Bledsoe weighs in on Deflategate

Retired Patriots quarterback Drew Bledsoe, here at the Super Bowl in 2002, is the guy Bill Belichick benched in favor of Tom Brady.
Retired Patriots quarterback Drew Bledsoe, here at the Super Bowl in 2002, is the guy Bill Belichick benched in favor of Tom Brady. AP

If there is anyone on the planet who may have a grudge against the combination of Tom Brady and Bill Belichick it would be one Mr. Drew Bledsoe.

With all due respect to Matt Cassel, Bledsoe is the last former starting quarterback for the Patriots. In 2001, Bledsoe started the year as the Patriots starting quarterback but he suffered an injury early in the season and was replaced by Brady. When Bledsoe was OK to come back, Belichick stuck with Brady. Bledsoe only played again that season in the second half of the AFC title game against Pittsburgh, when Brady was injured, and led the Patriots to the win.

Bledsoe lobbied hard to start that Super Bowl, but Belichick kept him on the bench. Bledsoe was later traded to the division rival Buffalo Bills, and finished his career with the Dallas Cowboys. He retired after the 2006 season, and has been doing quite well in various professional enterprises, which includes operating his own winery.

So, if there is anyone who may have an ax against Brady/Belichick it’s this man. He doesn’t.

“I hate this story, and I want it to go away,” Bledsoe sent to me via text message. “I don’t believe there was any intentional wrong doing by anyone.”

While many former NFL quarterbacks do not believe Brady and Belichick’s repeated denials about their involvement in doctoring the air pressure of the footballs in the AFC title game against the Indianapolis Colts, at least one guy, who potentially could feel like his former coach stabbed him in the back, has their back.

Mac Engel, 817-390-7760

Twitter: @macengelprof

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