Quarterback Drew Bledsoe has decided to retire rather than play next season as a backup, ESPN’s Michael Smith reports. The number one overall pick in the 1993 draft was a free agent this off-season, but turned down offers from Cincinnati and Seattle to play a fifteenth year.
The former Patriot, Bill, and Cowboy retires among the top 13 all-time in pass attempts, completions and touchdowns. “I fulfilled a childhood dream the first time I stepped on an NFL field,” Bledsoe says. “I retire with a smile on my face, in good health, and ready to spend autumns at my kids’ games instead of my own. I’m excited to start the next chapter of my life.”