Last year Bledsoe became the youngest player in league history to throw for 7,000 yards, the youngest to throw 40 touchdown passes—and the youngest to zing Bill Parcells. One day he saw a billboard across from Foxboro Stadium that had a picture of Parcells modeling some official Patriot clothing. So Bledsoe got a bunch of players to start calling the coach Bill Board. "My first meager attempt to fire back at him," says Bledsoe.
Without admitting it, Parcells was as pleased as he could be by Bledsoe's ribbing. You see, in his world, you don't zing someone unless you like him—and respect him—quite a lot.