Former NFL QB Drew Bledsoe has been voted into the Patriots Hall of Fame, the team announced on Monday. He will be the 18th person to enter the Hall, after receiving the highest percentage of fan votes since the team began that method of induction four years ago.
Bledsoe played eight seasons for New England after being the No. 1 overall pick of the 1993 draft out of Washington State. During his Patriots career, he broke the team's career passing records for attempts (4,518), completions (2,544) and yards (29,657). Bledsoe also still holds the Patriots' single-season passing records for attempts (691) and completions (400) and is the only player in franchise history to pass for more than 400 yards multiple times. He led the team to the second Super Bowl in franchise history in 1996.
"Drew Bledsoe played such an integral role in our efforts to rebuild the Patriots' brand," Patriots chairman and CEO Robert Kraft said in a statement. "He gave fans hope for the future and provided many memorable moments during his record-breaking career. … For a franchise that had only hosted one playoff game in its first 35 years, winning the AFC championship game at home in Foxboro and taking the Patriots to the playoffs for three consecutive years were unimaginable goals prior to his arrival."