BOSTON (CBS) — Thanks to Terry Rozier, former Patriots quarterback Drew Bledsoe has found himself back in the spotlight of the Boston sports scene.
Finally, on Wednesday, the two met.
Bledsoe was in Boston to watch the Celtics beat the Philadelphia 76ers in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals, cheering on his new pal in person. He met with Rozier before tip-off and was sporting a Rozier jersey during the game, firing up the TD Garden crowd several times during Boston’s dramatic 114-112 victory.
While they may be a generation apart in the Boston sports nexus, Bledsoe and Rozier will be forever connected thanks to a simple split-up by the Celtics point guard. It all started after Game 1 of Boston’s opening-round series against the Milwaukee Bucks, when Rozier referred to Bucks guard Eric Bledsoe as “Drew Bledsoe” following a Boston victory. Whether that was on purpose or a simple mistake remains unknown, but it started a war of words between the two — with Drew caught in the middle.
The former No. 1 overall pick by the Patriots doesn’t mind reconnecting with his first professional home. Rozier even created a “Scary Terry” t-shirt (his nickname) donning a Bledsoe jersey, and was sporting a Patriots No. 11 throwback before and after Game 1 against the 76ers.
“It’s mostly been fun because Terry has been playing such great basketball. If he wasn’t playing as great as he’s been playing, it would have been a non-story,” Bledsoe told WBZ-TV’s Dan Roche at the TD Garden ahead of Game 5.
Because of Rozier’s comment, and the guard’s incredible play during the postseason, Bledsoe jerseys have been spotted all around Boston.
“Boston is a pretty unique sports town. It’s a very serious sports town and people remember their history, remember the athletes who played here,” said Bledsoe. “Thankfully they didn’t all throw their Drew Bledsoe jerseys out; kept them in the back of their closets so they could find them.”
Bledsoe even crashed the NBA’s podium after the game, pretending to be Rozier when he first sat down. Now a wine-maker, Bledsoe teased a Terry “Rose” could be in the works in the near future.
“It will have a great finish,” Bledsoe said with a smile.