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Drew Bledsoe (born February 14, 1972) is a former National Football League quarterback for the New England Patriots, Buffalo Bills and Dallas Cowboys. In his fourteen-year NFL career, he was voted to four Pro Bowls, played in 194 games with 193 starts, passed for 44,611 yards, 251 touchdowns, and 206 interceptions, and compiled a 77.1 passer rating. He entered the NFL in 1993 when he was drafted with the first overall pick of the 1993 NFL Draft by the New England Patriots. In the second game of the 2001 regular season, Bledsoe was badly injured on a play in which he was trying to scramble for a first down before going out of bounds. While Bledsoe was recovering from the injury, Tom Brady, previously a second-string backup quarterback, played so well that he took Bledsoe's starting job on the team. Before the 2002 season, the Patriots traded Bledsoe to the Buffalo Bills for the Bills' 2002 first-round draft choice. Bledsoe had a great season with Buffalo in 2002 and made the Pro Bowl. In 2004, however, he had a down season as the Bills failed to meet expectations of fans and team management. He was released from the Bills after the 2004 season and a short time later signed with the Dallas Cowboys. He started all sixteen of Dallas's regular season games in 2005 and had a successful season. In 2006, he once again was pushed out of the starting job at quarterback, this time by Dallas backup Tony Romo, and at the completion of the season announced that he would be retiring from the NFL.