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The rise of Tom Brady

Ten years ago, the Jets' big hit on Drew Bledsoe led to the emergence of Brady

Originally Published: September 23, 2011
By Adam Schefter | ESPN.com

Ten years ago on Friday, the NFL returned to action after postponing the season for a week because of 9/11. And it was through that action that NFL history occurred without most realizing it. On Sept. 23, 2001, New York Jets linebacker Mo Lewis slammed into Drew Bledsoe so hard that the New England Patriots quarterback was rushed to the hospital with severe internal bleeding in his chest.

Bledsoe could have died, but his injury gave life to the legend of Tom Brady.

Since then, ...

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