The fans in New England still think highly of quarterback Drew Bledsoe.
The former Patriots and Bills quarterback became the first player to be voted into the Patriots Hall of Fame by the fans in his first year of eligibility Monday. He also earned the highest percentage of votes for any candidate since a new voting system was introduced in 2007.
"There are so many hundreds of people that need to be thanked individually, so figuring out how to properly thank everybody in my career is a little bit overwhelming," Bledsoe said on a conference call. "The overriding thing is going to be the thank you to the New England Patriots fans and the Kraft family."
Bledsoe, who played for the Bills from 2002 through 2004, retired in 2006 and is eligible for the Pro Football Hall of Fame this year.