What starting New England Patriots quarterback did Tom Brady replace?
New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady replaced team's starting quarterback Drew Bledsoe, during the 2001 season. Bledsoe suffered an injury in a game against the New York Jets after which Brady took over.
During his second game of the 2001 season, Bledsoe was hit by New York Jets linebacker Mo Lewis suffering a chest injury. An apparent blood vessel tear.
Replacing Bledsoe, pro quarterback Tom Brady led the Patriots to a Super Bowl championship. As controversial as this incident is, Bledsoe never recovered in time to compete for his starting job. Tom Brady, had completely taken over as starting quarterback a situation Bledsoe did not appreciate.