- Mike Reiss, ESPN Staff Writer
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Drew Bledsoe said today on a conference call that he was more emotional than he anticipated when he learned he was selected for induction into the Patriots Hall of Fame.
"Obviously, just a tremendous honor to be elected to the Patriots Hall of Fame," he said. "Receiving the call from Mr. Kraft, honestly [it was] a little bit emotional, more than I thought it would have been."
Bledsoe explained that his emotions were a result of being chosen over two other top candidates in Bill Parcells and Houston Antwine, as well as some "touching words" from owner Robert Kraft.
Bledsoe was asked which memories stand out most from his playing days.
"There are so many, it's hard to cycle through all of them," he responded, before picking a few. "There are some times that stand out pretty clearly, beginning with being drafted, coming out there in 1993, a 21-year-old kid out of Walla Walla, Washington, and coming in as the number one draft pick of the New England Patriots was a pretty heady time for a small-town kid.
"Particular games that stand out, the game against the Vikings in '94 that started our seven-game win streak to get us into the playoffs was a huge memory. In 1996, having the two playoff games in Foxborough stands out really clearly in my mind -- the Steelers game with the fog settling in there and the crowd as loud as Foxborough ever was to my recollection, and then winning the AFC Championship game there in front of our fans that were so deserving. And then, in '01, getting hurt and watching Tom Brady take over and begin what's been just a spectacular run of his, but then to be able to come back in and play in the AFC Championship game against the Steelers there in Pittsburgh and help us win that game, that was a memory that stands out very, very clearly."