Every sport has its moment where history is changed forever. We see a league and its landscape change forever and was always ask ourselves what if? Just a few years ago we saw the NBA landscape change in front of our eyes with a historic meltdown from the Oklahoma City Thunder. Then the pieces started to fall, KD to the Warriors, and we know the rest.
The NFL had their moment on this date 18 years ago. It was a divisional matchup vs the Patriots and the Jets. One play changed everything.
Bledsoe was the face of the franchise for New England. He was the number one overall pick, a three-time pro bowler, and led the team to the Super Bowl in 1997. Going into that season Bledsoe had signed a then-record 10 year-deal worth $103 million. Bledsoe was the guy in New England but it all changed in the blink of an eye.
A young quarterback named Tom Brady came into the game and ultimately led the Patriots to the Super Bowl that year. We all know what happened the Patriots win their first Super Bowl and here we are 18 years later with Brady still under center. Six Super Bowls in nine appearances and what feels like a place in the AFC Championship every year the run has been unprecedented.
What if Bledsoe never got hurt? Does the dynasty ever happen or does Brady get released and star for another franchise?