"I feel so fortunate, so honored, to have played this game that I love for so long, with so many great players, and in front of so many wonderful fans," Bledsoe said in a statement released through his representatives at Athletes First. "I fulfilled a childhood dream the first time I stepped on an NFL field, and the league did not let me down one time. I retire with a smile on my face, in good health, and ready to spend autumns at my kids' games instead of my own. I'm excited to start the next chapter of my life."
Reading his quotes, he was a stand-up guy to the end. Like this one:
"[Last season] was hard, very hard. Nobody said life was fair but that was a tough pill to swallow. I'm happy for Tony, who's a good guy and a good player. It was sad for him the way the season ended. It's just that I felt like that team had a chance to do some things and I wanted to be on the field with those guys. It didn't work out. But there's no bitterness toward anyone over anything that happened."
Have fun with the kids, Drew.
Hey, maybe some of you guys who don’t have the NFL Network will be getting it soon. If Time Warner makes a deal, others may follow.
Time Warner Cable spokesman Jon Gary Herrera said he's hopeful the scene won't be repeated this season. "We are optimistic we will have a deal in place by the beginning of the season," Herrera said. "There is dialogue going on between Time Warner Cable and the NFL."
With the Cowboys on the NFLN twice this year, having the network would be good. Considering how many fans root for the Boys.
Last season, Dallas played in the highest-rated games on CBS, Fox, ESPN, NBC and the NFL Network. Seeking more ratings bonanzas, the networks lobbied the league for more Dallas games.