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Bledsoes take Manhattan (with Brian Bennett)

Mac, Barbara and Drew Bledsoe were guests of Katie Couric (NBC's Today Show) on November 11, 2003. The event was a special reunion for Mac and Barbara with a former student and classmate of Drew's. Brian Bennett had contacted and submitted an essay about how former teachers (Mac and Barbara) influenced his life and gave him encouragement during those difficult teen years.  Brian got his chance to thank Barbara and Mac for taking the time to care and encourage him.  Brian stated that while in school, his classmate Drew Bledsoe, was a person that always treated him with respect.  Much to Brian's surprise, Drew made a special appearance and gave Brian a Buffalo Bills game jersey.

Note: If you saw the show, Brian has asked for your to email your comments to him.

After the TODAY Show

After the show, the Bledsoes and Brian joined Katie Couric and Michael Smith, CEO of on the street in front of the studio. Drew threw several autographed footballs to the crowd, which scored big with the people outside.

Mac Bledsoe, Katie Couric, Drew Bledsoe and Michael Smith, CEO of
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Photos before and after the TODAY show

Mac, Barbara, John Uppendahl of, Drew, Brian and Michael Smith of

Drew and Brian after the show.

Radio City Music Hall's Rockettes on the street outside the TODAY Show with Michael, Drew and Brian.

John, Brian, Mac, Katy, Drew, Barbara and Michael.

Brian, Mac and Katie enjoying the moment.

Barbara, Michael and Katie.

Mac, Barbara, Brian, Tammy Filler and Stephanie Giambruno (Producers for NBC) and Michael.


Drew, with a Medal of Honor winner Col. Leo Thorsness, Mac and Michael.

Brian and Barbara in the limo on the way to the show.

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