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Drew Bledsoe’s advice for Favre: Get a hobby

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Drew Bledsoe was announced as one of the three finalists for the Patriots Hall of Fame this week, along with Bill Parcells and Houston Antwine.

Fans can vote for who should be inducted at Patriots.com.  With all due respect to Antwine and the Big Tuna, we can’t imagine this will be that close.  Bledsoe helped re-energize an entire franchise, led the team to one Super Bowl, and played a key role in the organization winning its first title.

Bledsoe spoke with reporters Friday and took a trip down memory lane, and then talked about his life after football in the wine business.  His story is one that could be helpful for a lot of pros: start planning for your future before you retire.

“You’ve got to find things to fill those voids. The advantage that I had is that I recognized probably eight or nine years into my career that it wasn’t going to last forever. So we started planning for it. I bought some vineyard lands and started that project.”

He says the transition to a life without football can be difficult, but its less so if you stay busy.

“I honestly haven’t had a day since I retired where I’ve gotten out of bed trying to figure out what I was going to do that day,” Bledsoe said. “I’ve just been engaged the entire time. So from that standpoint, I think Brett [Favre] just needs a hobby. He needs to find something else he wants to do.”

If nothing else, the current work stoppage should be a good opportunity for current players to start thinking and planning for what they will someday do to fill the void.

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55 Responses to “Drew Bledsoe’s advice for Favre: Get a hobby”
  1. duanethomas says: Apr 16, 2011 1:16 PM

    As long as it isn’t photography…… :)

  2. fonetiklee says: Apr 16, 2011 1:19 PM

    Brett DOES have a hobby. Just ask Jenn Sterger.

  3. 3octaveFart says: Apr 16, 2011 1:21 PM

    He already has a hobby.
    Just ask Sterger.

  4. mataug says: Apr 16, 2011 1:23 PM

    At least Brett is a countryman and likes hunting, tractor on farms & stuff like that.
    What will Peyton Manning do ? Coach the twins lol

  5. cincinnasti says: Apr 16, 2011 1:23 PM

    Brett Favre will eventually coach football. I think it’s very evident his passion will not allow him to stay away from the game too long..

  6. trapstud says: Apr 16, 2011 1:24 PM

    Brett Favre has a hobby. He is an amateur photographer….

  7. Deb says: Apr 16, 2011 1:24 PM

    That’s great advice for everyone, not just football players. It’s hard watching the older people in your life struggle because they don’t know what to do with themselves when they can’t work anymore.

  8. shaggytoodle says: Apr 16, 2011 1:28 PM

    Is sexting from a lawnmower, while on pain meds a hobby?

  9. freedomispopular says: Apr 16, 2011 1:28 PM

    And make sure it’s a hobby that doesn’t involve sending pictures to young women.

  10. ckg0913 says: Apr 16, 2011 1:50 PM

    Brett’s going to start the Old-Timers League. Come on. He’s going to be playing forever.

  11. mempusa says: Apr 16, 2011 1:54 PM

    Amen Drew! Bledsoe is a class act through and through

  12. stampnhawk says: Apr 16, 2011 1:55 PM

    If TV commercials have taught me anything, Favre’s hobby is playing touch football with his ethnically diverse friends, then off to throwing some footballs through old tires in some field just outside of Backwardsville, to then watching his dog jump off a dock into the lake to chase a ball, all while wearing comfortable jeans.
    He looks pretty happy with it all, so why mess with it?

  13. boknowsvt says: Apr 16, 2011 1:59 PM

    Played a key role in the organization winning it’s first title?

    Was he the one doing the video taping?

  14. frankdatank23 says: Apr 16, 2011 2:00 PM

    “The advantage that I had is that I recognized probably eight or nine years into my career that it wasn’t going to last forever.”

    The advantage I will have is that I should recognize probably 75 to 85 years into my life that I’m not going to live forever.

  15. themonkeyman says: Apr 16, 2011 2:03 PM

    “Is sexting from a lawnmower, while on pain meds a hobby?”

    Funniest thing posted here in a while – Bravo.

  16. 52sackmachine says: Apr 16, 2011 2:11 PM

    Brett Favre ” Wanna see my “Danny Woodhead” Thats not a joke, he’s my favorite player, I named my penis after him”.

  17. vikingmachine says: Apr 16, 2011 2:18 PM

    Who is Drew Bledsoe?

  18. largent80 says: Apr 16, 2011 2:19 PM

    Actually, finding the right hobby is doubly difficult when you also have to make sure it fits around Peter King’s schedule too.

  19. 44kyle says: Apr 16, 2011 2:22 PM

    Brett’s hobby is macro-photography.

  20. blaz0037 says: Apr 16, 2011 2:23 PM

    give Favre a break. The guy is a living legend.

  21. thefiesty1 says: Apr 16, 2011 2:35 PM

    He does have a hobby. It’s called un-retiring! He’s been practicing his hobby since leaving the Pack.

  22. Kave Krew says: Apr 16, 2011 2:38 PM

    …..a different hobby”

  23. king3319 says: Apr 16, 2011 2:39 PM

    Largent80…now that’s funny!!!! After I blew my knee playin minor league baseball I thought playin beer league softball would fill the hole…it didn’t. Bledsoe is right I obviously was never world class talent but athletes that reach that stature need to find something completely away from any kind of competition to put their mind and body at ease so they can move on and be at peace with the end of their playing careers.

  24. jw731 says: Apr 16, 2011 2:46 PM

    Brett will go into the video game business as soon as John Madden dies…Afterall they both invented football…..

  25. dmc1542 says: Apr 16, 2011 2:48 PM

    Hey vikingmachine-

    You must be new to this whole NFL thing.

    Drew is the guy who torched your vikes back in ’94 en route to one of the most prolific passing performances in league history.

    Check out the record books and you’ll find him under mOst passes and completions in a game. It was a huge comeback, something like 28-0 at the half, with a td pass to Kevin turner in ot to win it.

    I remember it fondly because I was a 9 yr old watching live at foxboro stadium, and my favorite part was the 2 vikes fans who left at halftime bc they “knew” the game was over.

    Drew was an all-time great who has been forgotten bc of Tom terrific but drew was an absolute class act who should be a first ballot pats hof’er

  26. skoobyfl says: Apr 16, 2011 2:58 PM

    He’s going to own pain management clinics.

  27. prmpft says: Apr 16, 2011 3:09 PM

    “Drew Bledsoe’s advice for Favre: Get a hobby”

    …yeah, like – amateur photography!!! that’s the ticket!

  28. Mr. Super-Cool Awesome says: Apr 16, 2011 3:27 PM

    Its going to be tough to find the right hobby where the “ol’ gunslinger” can “just have fun out there.”

    You know, somewhere he can be “just like a kid out there” and make some of that “Monday Night Magic.”

  29. patriotsdefense says: Apr 16, 2011 3:29 PM

    yeah didn’t bledsoe’s wine “doubleback” get a ridiculous high rating from a hard grading prestigious wine periodical? Good for him and other athletes who can step away from the field and live a life beyond sports.

  30. goawayeverybody says: Apr 16, 2011 3:42 PM

    You have to have a brain in order to develop a hobby.

  31. dcviking says: Apr 16, 2011 3:49 PM

    dmc1542 says: Apr 16, 2011 2:48 PM

    Hey vikingmachine-

    You must be new to this whole NFL thing.

    Drew is the guy who torched your vikes back in ’94 en route to one of the most prolific passing performances in league history.

    Check out the record books and you’ll find him under mOst passes and completions in a game. It was a huge comeback, something like 28-0 at the half, with a td pass to Kevin turner in ot to win it.

    I remember it fondly because I was a 9 yr old watching live at foxboro stadium, and my favorite part was the 2 vikes fans who left at halftime bc they “knew” the game was over.

    Drew was an all-time great who has been forgotten bc of Tom terrific but drew was an absolute class act who should be a first ballot pats hof’er

    ———————————————

    Oh, so he’s a guy who played one good game that you happened to be at…

    Thanks for clarifying that…

  32. atcojack says: Apr 16, 2011 3:53 PM

    Photography?

  33. italyprodigy says: Apr 16, 2011 4:01 PM

    The difference is brett favre has had far more trouble trying to leave then anyone i have seen before.

    Bledsoe=Wine business

    Favre=Alcohol drinking business

  34. hobartbaker says: Apr 16, 2011 4:04 PM

    Brett’s hobby these days is probably dragging his aching body out of bed, taking 20 minutes to loosen up enough to dress and tie his shoes, then shuffling out to the front porch for a nap.

  35. nothimagain says: Apr 16, 2011 4:06 PM

    very good words Drew, unfortunately much like your advice/wisdom for Ryan Leaf it will probably once again fall on deaf ears.

    Brett Favre will not be coaching – at least not at a major college or professional level. He comes across as another great player who would be totally lost trying to teach and coach the game he was once great at.

  36. quarterbacksdontwinorlosesuperbowls says: Apr 16, 2011 4:48 PM

    dcviking says: Apr 16, 2011 3:49 PM
    Oh, so he’s a guy who played one good game that you happened to be at…

    Response:

    It’s amazing how many ignorant people post on this site. If you truly believe that Drew Bledsoe only played one good game, then you clearly know nothing about the NFL.

    Drew Bledsoe made 4 Pro Bowls and passed for over 44,000 yards during his 14 year NFL career.

    I’m guessing he had at least a few good games….

  37. denverhighrize says: Apr 16, 2011 4:51 PM

    Did I miss something? Isn’t Favre coming back again for another season?

  38. bcgreg says: Apr 16, 2011 5:15 PM

    Drew is one of my favorites.

    Favre is not. He’ll have a tough time after football.

    He put up great stats. But, notice how everyone refers to him as the “Ol’ Gunslinger” or a “great Gunslinger”. I’ve also heard him called a “Riverboat Gambler”. That’s because he wasn’t a great “quarterback”. He took waaaaay too many risks. He made terrible decisions most of the time living off his arm strength, which is a great quality to have obviously, but he cost his teams too many times in big games than he helped. He’ll make the HOF, of course, because he put up astronomical stats, which is why Marino and Fouts are in the HOF too, but when I think of great QBs, I think of Unitas, Montana, Manning, and Brady. Not Favre.

    Anyway. Bledsoe should get into the Pats HOF easily although all three are deserving.

  39. ncsteeler says: Apr 16, 2011 5:32 PM

    quarterbacksdontwinorlosesuperbowls

    It seems there are a number of people whose computers don’t have google. Bledsoe was a good QB and if not for an injury in ’01, he might have lead them into the playoffs and maybe to the SB. Then what becomes of Tom B?

  40. realfootballfan says: Apr 16, 2011 6:10 PM

    It’s also easier to transition to post football life when the second half of your career sucks and everyone is happy to see your retirement like Bledsoe.

    Therefore, that 7 or 8 years in that he speaks of happens to coincide with when his career went into a nose dive after Parcells left New England, and Tom Brady came to town and showed him how to play QB.

  41. rugdog100 says: Apr 16, 2011 6:32 PM

    Rosenthal, you presented this like Bledsoe was slamming Favre… “Get a Hobby”. Don’t be such a prick, Greggggg.

  42. 8man says: Apr 16, 2011 7:41 PM

    Agreed. The current players ought to find hobbies since they won’t be working this year. Something I’ll be fine with.

    Parcells in the Patriots Hall of Fame? Really? They would have won SB35 if he didn’t have his head up the Jets management’s collective asses.

    If I ran into him and Ben Dreith having lunch I’d have a difficult time deciding who I was going to punch in the groin first.

  43. jjrs89 says: Apr 16, 2011 8:02 PM

    Who is brett favre?

  44. chuckyd317 says: Apr 16, 2011 8:13 PM

    Is Drew still upset about XXXI???

  45. ncsteeler says: Apr 16, 2011 9:04 PM

    realfootballfan

    Bledsoe hardly sucked after he left NE 4300 yards for Buffalo in 2002 & a total of over 13K 2002-2005 (starting all 64 games) before being replaced by Romo half way through 2006. Brady had better stats but Bledsoe’s were nothing to be ashamed of and better than most QBs in the league.

  46. richm2256 says: Apr 16, 2011 9:18 PM

    dcviking says:

    Oh, so he’s a guy who played one good game that you happened to be at…

    Thanks for clarifying that…
    ———————————————–

    Yeah, one good game.

    Moron.

    Maybe you ought to Google the guy, he’s had a better career than any Vikings quarterback since Tarkenton.

  47. skins359 says: Apr 16, 2011 10:30 PM

    mataug says:
    Apr 16, 2011 1:23 PM
    At least Brett is a countryman and likes hunting, tractor on farms & stuff like that.
    What will Peyton Manning do ? Coach the twins lol

    6039
    ————
    At the very least he’ll be a talking head on one of the networks. However given his background and knowledge of the game he’s a great candidate to move up the ranks and become a Head Coach at the NFL level.

  48. thetooloftools says: Apr 16, 2011 11:07 PM

    is being a predator considered a hobby?

  49. androk23 says: Apr 17, 2011 12:02 AM

    Why is Favre in the title?

  50. MichaelEdits says: Apr 17, 2011 12:43 AM

    Photography

  51. tommytd says: Apr 17, 2011 12:53 AM

    He’s got a hobby. He’s a professional pervert who enjoys texting pictures of his junk.

  52. nickynick04 says: Apr 17, 2011 8:37 AM

    Brett does have a hobbie, he is counting how much money he has in the bank….lets see Made 12 million a year for 10 yrs in GB, after making 6 mill for 5 yrs, oh I forgot his initial 6 mill, then add 26 mill from Jets & Vikes..hmmm 150 plus mill..I dont think Brett cares about what we say about him

  53. raven4life21 says: Apr 17, 2011 9:18 AM

    i say brett should either coach, farm, DEF do more commercials, or become start into sports broadcasting… why the hell not? i was watching his Sound FX on NFL Network… he’s pretty darn funny to listen to… but DEF NOT as funny as Chad Ochostinko Johnson… that man is freagin HILARIOUS!

  54. ncsteeler says: Apr 17, 2011 10:31 AM

    nicky, nicky, nicky

    As the old song goes “money can’t buy me love.”

    Do you think Bill Gates or Warren Buffet are happier than Donald Trump who is in turn happier than Brett Farve and on down the line to you and me? How much money do you think talking heads like Bradshaw, Jimmy Johnson or Bill Cohwer have? – they’re more than set for life but still want to be on TV. It’s nice to have some money so you don’t have to do anything (like go to work at a job you hate) but it’s not enough. Maybe Brett will be happy being a gentleman farmer, but I think he’ll crave something more – maybe a TV gig? Maybe investing in something like MASCAR (like Joe Gibbs)? Maybe buy an AFL team? He’ll want to do something but money does give him the luxury or being choosey.

  55. bcgreg says: Apr 18, 2011 12:39 PM

    @ 8man

    The Pats and Parcells did not play in SB 35. That was SB 36. And if not for the Desmond Howard, ensuing KO return TD after Curtis Martin’s GREAT TD run in which he busted through Gilbert Brown, I believe the Pats would have won. They had ALL of the momentum at that point and were KILING the Pack defensively. That return TD by Howard flipped the momentum sending GB on to the title, which is why Howard was MVP.

    The 2 long passing TDs that Favre had in that game were a result of blown coverage by Willie Clay, which was explained by not only Parcells but by other defensive teammates after that game. Parcells may have been coaching his last game after the JETS WERE TAMPERING with him, but he coached a pretty damn good game.

    He along with Bledsoe and Kraft saved the Patriots. They did. I wish Parcells and Bledsoe could go into the Pats HOF together since they bothe came to NE in 1993, but they only vote in one guy per year.

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