Video: Drew Bledsoe's sons have bond on and off fieldJohn and Stuart Bledsoe making names for themselves in Oregon high school football.John Bledsoe
was 6-years-old when his dad Drew, a four-time All-Pro quarterback and Super Bowl champion, retired from the NFL.
"I remember going to the games but I wouldn't watch that much," John told Oregonlive.com
. "It's cool watching old films of him."
It's fun for dad to watch not only John, but also his older brother Stuart Bledsoe
, play for Summit (Bend, Ore.)
, the No. 20 team in Oregon according to the MaxPreps Computer Rankings
, presented by the Army National Guard.
John is the team's quarterback, a 6-foot-2, 195-pound junior who has completed 65 of 101 for 785 yards and six touchdowns and one interception. Last year as the starter, he was 146 of 232 (63 percent) for 1,862 yards and 25 TDs. He's also rushed for 160 yards and seven touchdowns in two seasons.
"I'm a pocket passer," he told the newspaper. "I've gotten faster, but I like to sit in the pocket and throw."
Stuart, a 5-11, 180-pound senior strong safety and running back, has rushed for 64 yards and a score and caught five of his brother's passes for 50 yards.
His big contribution comes on defense, where he leads the team with 41 tackles, including 14 in each of the last two games — a 15-14 loss to Ashland and a 14-13 win over Marist. The Storm (3-1) opened with resounding wins over Pendleton (62-13) and Franklin (65-7).
John and Stuart were both second-team All-Intermountain Conference last season.
After losing only five starters from last year's 7-3 team, Summit's goal is to win a state title, according to John.
"Our senior class has had a lot of success over the years," he said. "Our goal is to win it all."
With Drew Bledsoe serving as the team's third-year offensive coordinator, the Storm have a unique perspective against opposing defenses. When asked what he's learned at quarterback from his dad, the No. 1 overall pick of the 1993 NFL draft, John's answers are quick and precise. Much like his reads.
"Everything," he said. "How to throw a football. How to be a leader. Everything I know."