Guest, Drew Bledsoe

Guest Name: 
Drew Bledsoe
Drew Bledsoe
Guest Occupation: 
Former NFL QB and currently owns Doubleback Winery
Guest Biography: 

Former NFL quarterback Drew McQueen Bledsoe was born on February 14, 1972. Drew Bledsoe attended Walla Walla High School in Walla Walla, Washington, where he excelled at varsity football and basketball. He was the starting quarterback at Washington State University, where as a junior he was named Pac-10 offensive player of the year. He skipped his senior year to enter the NFL draft and was the #1 overall pick in 1993. Bledsoe began his professional career with the New England Patriots.

By Drew Bledsoe's second year with the Patriots, he led the league in passing attempts, completions, and touchdowns. For nearly eight years, he was the starting quarterback for the team and the face of the Patriots franchise. In 2001, an injury sustained after a hit with New York Jets linebacker Mo Lewis forced Bledsoe into the sidelines, and he never regained his starting position with the team.

In 2002, Drew Bledsoe was traded to the Buffalo Bills.  In 2005, he reunited with head coach Bill Parcells by joining the Dallas Cowboys. He was the starting quarterback for Dallas until he was replaced by Tony Romo mid-season in 2006. Bledsoe announced his retirement from the NFL on April 11, 2007. He finished seventh all-time in yards passing, 13th in touchdown passes and fifth in completions.

Today Bledsoe owns Doubleback winery in Walla Walla, WA.  Bledsoe’s vision is to create a premium wine experience completely focused around quality. They are committed to using only the best viticulture and winemaking practices to ensure that Doubleback will be one of the best bottles of wine you will drink.

Drew Bledsoe is married to Maura Healy; the couple has four children.