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Drew Bledsoe to serve as Patriots honorary captain in AFC championship

Ryan Hannable
January 19, 2018 - 1:13 pm

FOXBORO -- There will be an old familiar face on the field before the AFC title game on Sunday, as the Patriots announced Drew Bledsoe will serve as honorary captain.

“Drew Bledsoe played such an integral role in our efforts to rebuild the Patriots," owner Robert Kraft said in a statement. “He gave fans hope for the future by providing many memorable moments during his record-breaking career. For a franchise that had only hosted one playoff game in its first 35 years, winning the AFC championship game at home in Foxboro and taking the Patriots to the playoffs for three consecutive years were unimaginable goals prior to his arrival.”

Bledsoe led the Patriots to a berth in Super Bowl XXXI in 1996 with a 20-6 victory over the Jaguars on Jan. 12, 1997, which was the first time the Patriots ever hosted the AFC title game.

Sunday's game will be the Patriots' 14th AFC championship game, and 13th under the ownership of Kraft.

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