You would think that with the rash of injuries to quarterbacks in the National Football League as of late, that former NFL QB Drew Bledsoe would at least have a passing interest (pun unintended) in possibly suiting up for the 2007 season. Not so fast, people. According to Mike reiss of the Boston Globe, Bledsoe has no intentions whatsoever of playing in the NFL anytime soon.
Bledsoe once stated that he wouldn’t be interested in returning to play QB unless he was a starter; however, it gets deeper than that. When he officially announced his retirement, he told his agent, David Dunn, that he didn’t need – or want – to know if teams were calling to inquire about his availability. But Dunn, as his agent, did his due diligence and kept him informed, stating that he “wouldn’t be doing his job” if he didn’t at least inform Bledsoe of these teams’ interest in him.
But perhaps what Bledsoe said next is telling about his intentions: “I really felt, late in the season last year, that was it. It was time and I was done. I kind of stepped away from it because I really wanted to make sure it was the right decision. Was I really ready to step away from something that was so important to me? I talked to people and in the end my feelings didn’t change. I felt it was time to move on to the next phase.”
Another factor in his decision was the fact that he has many interests away from the football field, namely business interests. So to assume that pride was the determining factor in his decision to retire would be at best misinformed and at worst delusional. Now that he has an extremeful full plate, the incentive to play football just isn’t there anymore for him. He has had a productive career (possibly Hall Of Fame caliber), and even he has come to realize that there’s more to life than just being a QB in the NFL. I applaud his steadfastness in his final decision to remain in the mainstream of life. You’ll be missed Drew, but just remain true to yourself.