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.

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