25. Daunte Culpepper
Many onlookers forget how brilliant Daunte Culpepper was under center in the early 2000s. The 6-foot-4, 260-pound Culpepper, drafted by the Minnesota Vikings out of the University of Central Florida with the 11th pick in 1999, was a first-team All-Pro in 2000 and second-team All-Pro in 2004. During those two seasons alone, Culpepper recorded 72 touchdowns and 8,654 yards through the air. Alas, a 28-year-old Culpepper suffered a catastrophic knee injury in October 2005, and the three-time Pro Bowler never regained his form on the gridiron.
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24. Drew Bledsoe
Some guy named Tom Brady caused many fans to forget how effective Drew Bledsoe was in the pocket. The New England Patriots selected the 6-foot-5, 240-pound Bledsoe out of Washington State University with the first choice in 1993. Bledsoe and head coach Bill Parcells quickly revived the lowly Patriots’ fortunes and the organization became perennial playoff contenders. Bledsoe made four Pro Bowl squads and led the league in passing yards in 1994. A member of the Patriots’ Hall of Fame, Bledsoe completed 57.2 percent of his 6,717 attempts for 251 touchdowns and 44,611 yards.
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