In a statement released through his representatives at Athletes First, Drew Bledsoe announced his retirement Wednesday.
Bledsoe, 35, retires fifth in NFL history in pass attempts (6,717) and completions (3,839), seventh in passing yards (44,611), and 13th in touchdown passes (251).
"I feel so fortunate, so honored, to have played this game that I love for so long, with so many great players, and in front of so many wonderful fans," he said.
"I fulfilled a childhood dream the first time I stepped on an NFL field, and the league did not let me down one time. I retire with a smile on my face, in good health, and ready to spend autumns at my kids' games instead of my own. I'm excited to start the next chapter of my life."
A four-time Pro Bowler, Bledsoe backed up Tony Romo for the Cowboys' final 11½ games last season.
He reportedly was drawing interest from Cincinnati and Seattle this off-season, with both teams looking for a back-up quarterback with significant NFL experience.
Drew Bledsoe Retires
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