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Two decades ago, a near-fatal tackle changed the course of football history

Drew Bledsoe had established himself as the greatest quarterback in New England Patriots history, and owner Robert Kraft figured the best was yet to come. So, before the 2001 season, he rewarded Bledsoe with a 10-year, $103-million contract extension that would make him the highest paid player in NFL history. At the time, it seemed a ...

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