Drew Bledsoe rose to prominence playing as a prep quarterback for his father Mac in Walla Walla, Wash., and now he’s returning the favor with son John as the offensive coordinator at Summit High in Bend, Ore.
The 6-foot-2, 195-pound John Bledsoe threw five touchdowns in a 49-7 win over rival Redmond — just another stellar performance in a string of them during what could be an All-State junior campaign in Oregon.
The younger Bledsoe has completed 62.4 percent of his passes (98-of-157) for 1,282 yards and 14 touchdowns against just one interception during Summit’s 5-1 start to what the Storm hope will be a state title season. And he credits his increasingly impressive career to his four-time Pro Bowl father’s coaching. Via The Oregonian:
“Oh, everything — how to throw a football, how to be a leader — he’s taught me everything I know.”
John’s older brother, senior two-way standout Stuart Bledsoe, has also contributed to Summit’s success this season, catching one touchdown on offense and ranking second on the Storm with 48 tackles defensively. Both John and Stuart Bledsoe captured second team all-conference honors during Summit’s 7-3 season in 2014.
With younger brother Henry waiting in the wings, the Bledsoe legacy won’t end with them in 2016, either.
Not that they actually remember when their father played 14 NFL seasons for the New England Patriots, Buffalo Bills and Dallas Cowboys before retiring in 2006. They only know him as their dad and coach now.
“I was pretty young,” John told The Oregonian this summer. “He retired when I was like 6, but I would always go to the games. I wouldn’t really watch that much, but I remember going. It’s cool watching old film of him.”
Like father, like son. From this New Englander, it’s nice to see a No. 11 Bledsoe jersey throwing darts again.