11 years ago today on September 23, 2001, with New York players being applauded by Patriots fans following the first game since 9/11, the Jets beat New England 10-3 in the home opener at Foxborough, Massachusetts.
In a sloppy and, basically, boring contest, quarterback Drew Bledsoe, a four-time Pro Bowl selection who the Patriots took with the first overall pick in the 1993 NFL Draft out of Washington State University, was blasted by Jets linebacker Mo Lewis near the left sideline with five minutes remaining in the fourth quarter.
Lewis’ savage hit on the 6-foot-5, 240 pound Bledsoe could be heard from Rhode Island and the former Cougar was later found to have suffered critical internal bleeding from the collision.
Thankfully, Bledsoe, a two-time All-Pro, was later saved by surgeons at Mass General Hospital.
The 6-foot-4, 225 pound Brady, who became a seven-time Pro Bowler and two-time AP NFL MVP, did nothing noteworthy in limited time against the Jets.
Many fans and onlookers predict that Brady, a two-time first-team All-Pro and two-time Super Bowl MVP, would have eventually supplanted the then 29-year-old Bledsoe with or without Lewis.
However, unless New Englanders have an extra sense, it is impossible to definitively proclaim that would have occurred.
In actuality, the legendary Tom Brady received his break when Mo Lewis broke borderline Hall of Famer Drew Bledsoe into pieces more than a decade past this evening.by