Drew Bledsoe — American Athlete born on February 14, 1972,

Drew Bledsoe is a former American football quarterback who played fourteen seasons in the National Football League, best known as the starting quarterback for the New England Patriots from 1993 to 2001. During the 1990s, he was considered the face of the Patriots franchise. Bledsoe, a Pro-Bowler, All-American for the Washington State Cougars and No. 1 overall draft pick in the 1993 NFL Draft, announced his retirement from the sport on April 11, 2007... (wikipedia)

When you look at facing retirement in your mid-30s, and all of a sudden the outlet for that passion and work ethic goes away, you can't just sit back in a rocking chair and be retired at 35. I'm not a good enough golfer to play golf every day.
That's the only reason I'm here. I don't need to play the game for any other reason than to win a championship.
I feel so fortunate, so honored, to have played this game that I love for so long, with so many great players, and in front of so many wonderful fans. I fulfilled a childhood dream the first time I stepped on an NFL field, and the league did not let me down one time.
You want hot days to get your fruit ripe but then you want it to cool off nicely at night so that the grapes stay on the vine longer and develop complexity.
The game against the Vikings back in my second year stands out. It was kind of a turnaround for us. It allowed us to make a run at the playoffs for the first time in quite a while. The memories are so many it's hard to pin one down.

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