Bledsoe to Hang 'em Up After 14 Years

Quarterback walks away rather than accept role as reserve
By J. Kelman,  Newser User
Posted Apr 12, 2007 8:31 AM CDT
Dallas Cowboys quarterback Drew Bledsoe (11) passes against the New York Giants during a football game in Irving, Texas, in this Oct. 23, 2006 file photo. Bledsoe retired Wednesday, April 11, 2007 ending...   (Associated Press)

(Newser) – 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.”