Posted by Josh Katzowitz
Can we know what would have happened if Drew Bledsoe wouldn’t have been knocked out of a game by the Jets' Mo Lewis, allowing Tom Brady to replace him on Sept. 23, 2001? Would Brady even be in this position?
Remember, Bledsoe was in the first year of his $103 million contract, and he was one of the league’s best quarterbacks at the time of his injury. In the fourth quarter of that game vs. the Jets, Bledsoe was hit hard by Lewis and he sustained a chest injury. Brady, a sixth-round pick who struggled for playing time in college, came in to replace him, and that was end of Bledsoe in New England (minus an important stint in the AFC championship game that year).
After tonight’s 41-14 win against Miami, Brady showed how almost impossibly effective he’s been leading the Patriots ever since. It’s his 100th win in New England, and he becomes only the 22nd QB to accomplish such a feat. And considering it’s his 131st start, that’s the fastest of anybody who began their career in the Super Bowl era.
For what it’s worth, Joe Montana got his 100th win in his 139th game, Brett Favre in his 153rd and Peyton Manning in his 154th.
“I got a great team and a great organization," Brady said on ESPN after the game. "I’m truly priviledged to play for this team. I hope there are a lot of wins left."
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