Barbara Bledsoe was born in the little farming
town of Ellensburg, Washington, where she grew up milking cows and
feeding pigs. She could out-throw the boys in phys-ed classes in
junior high and could out-hurdle them in high school, but because
there were no sports for girls, she joined the Pep Club.
Barbara, the first college graduate in her
family's history, married Mac Bledsoe (who she met in the 8th grade.)
They had two children, Drew and Adam.
Drew, according to Adam, isn't the world's
richest trailer trash - but close. Drew began life in a 10-foot
wide trailer home after Mac and Barbara came home from basic training
in the army. Barbara, an English teacher, eventually taught Drew
7th grade English, where he would sit in the back of the class,
chair tipped back, oblivious of the girls.
Barbara cried when Drew was cut as quarterback
in the 7th grade, she cried almost a year before Drew left for college
(Washington State), and to this day, still wants to wrap both her
boys in a blanket and rock their hurt away. Barbara says her greatest
weaknesses are being overprotective...and chocolate.
Drew, for his part, claims that his arm, with
which he's thrown for more than 40,000 yards in the NFL, is inherited
from his mother. He also says that he never felt that he needed
to perform to be loved.
Barbara's favorite child is he who does
the dishes. Barbara and Mac Bledsoe now run Parenting
with Dignity, traveling around the country teaching parenting
For more information on Drew, please log on to www.drewbledsoe.com.