Drew Bledsoe and Rick Mirer: Closely Tied Even After Being Out Of Football

As the 1992/93 college football season came to an end, it was apparent that two quarterbacks, Drew Bledsoe at Washington State University and Rick Mirer at Notre Dame, were thought of by most to be at or near the top of the upcoming NFL Draft.

Debate went back and forth as different television personalities and journalists went back and forth trying to decide who was better, or a better fit, for the teams owning the top two picks. When the NFL Draft finally took place, the New England Patriots used the number one overall pick on Bledsoe and the Seattle Seahawks used the second overall pick on Mirer.

Drew Bledsoe went on to have a 14 year career in the NFL, the first nine spent playing with the Patriots, before spending three seasons with the Bills and two with the Cowboys. In his second season in 1994, Bledsoe led the league in pass completions, pass attempts, and passing yards. In 1996, he even led the team to the Super Bowl, a loss to the Green Bay Packers.

Rick Mirer had a 12 year NFL career that saw him see time on the rosters of six different teams following his initial four years with the Seahawks. This includes the Bears, Packers, Jets, 49ers, Raiders, and Lions. Though his career statistics were not at Bledsoe’s level, Mirer did win the AFC Rookie of the Year award in 1993.

They’d been tied closely together by college football fans during their collegiate career, they were then tied together prior to and during the NFL Draft, and football fans even kept comparing them during the first parts of their pro football careers. But now that both men have been retired from the game for over a decade each, how are they still closely tied together?


Wine? Yes, wine.

Drew Bledsoe’s Doubleback Winery is located in the Walla Walla, Washington area. This is an area the former quarterback knows well, he not only played college football nearby in Pullman, he played at a younger age at Walla Walla High School.

Rick Mirer also ventured into winemaking with the opening of Mirror Wine in the Napa Valley. Mirer got to know this area well while playing for the nearby Raiders and 49ers.

College football star quarterbacks, selected 1-2 in the 1993 NFL Draft, two very different NFL careers but both lasting more than a decade, and now both own their own wineries.

Drew Bledsoe and Rick Mirer remain tied together.

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