Drew Bledsoe can add high school offensive coordinator to his resume
By Ross Jones, FOXSports.com Life after football is usually a not-so-easy transition for former players. Veterans lose the structure of a locker room and can think they lack a sense of purpose. Well, fortunately for former NFL quarterback Drew Bledsoe, he never had to deal with such adversity. In fact, his post-football career is almost as decorated as his NFL career as he owns a winery, private investment firm, a coffee roasting company and the Drew Bledsoe Foundatino, which helps parents learn essential skills to creat a loving home for their children. Bledsoe, who led the Patriots to the Super Bowl in 1996, is giving back in possibly the best way he can by coaching football in its most pure form at the high school level. Bledsoe accepted the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach under head coach Joe Padilla at Summit High in Bend, Ore., where Bledsoe and his family reside. "I'm having a heck of a time out here," Bledsoe told OregonLive.com. "My dad was a football coach for 35 years, so I'm just out here enjoying this experience." Although Bledsoe brings a wealth of knowledge to the school, he is tasked with turning around an offense that was outscored by nearly 200 points and finished with a 2-7 record last season. Bledsoe does have experience on his side as Summit returns 12 starters, including senior QB Josh Gallagher. "Josh Gallagher now has a year under his belt as a varsity quarterback," Padilla told The Oregonian. "He has shown a tremendous amount of growth in the offseason. “Coach Bledsoe is a great mentor for Josh and our other quarterbacks in not only the mechanics of the position, but more importantly the mental aspect."