When Tom Brady first joined the New England Patriots as a sixth-round pick in 200, there weren’t many people who believed he could be a starter. One of them was then Pats starting quarterback Drew Bledsoe.
Bledsoe recently admitted in an interview with ESPN that he didn’t see Brady as a threat to take his job. And not only that, but he also thought that Brady would never be able to get a starting job in the NFL.
“When he was on practice squad his rookie year, I actually called my financial advisor about him,” Bledsoe shared. “I was like, ‘I really like this kid. He’s never gonna be a starter. He’s gonna be Jason Garrett or one of those guys who’s just going to be around forever.”
“But nobody, outside of maybe Tom himself, would have ever predicted that he would go on to be a starter in the league and be in the conversation as maybe the greatest of all time,” he added.
It didn’t take long for Tom Brady, however, to take the starting job in New England. After Bledsoe got hurt in Week 2 of the 2001 NFL season, Brady stepped in and never looked back. He went on to play 18 more seasons as a Pats’ starting QB, leading the team to six Super Bowls and winning the NFL MVP award three times.
Drew Bledsoe, on the other hand, left New England following the 2001 season, joining Buffalo Bills. He was a starter for the Bills for three years before going to Dallas Cowboys in 2005. After two seasons in Dallas, in which he started 22 games before being replaced by Tony Romo, Bledsoe decided to retire.