“And with the 32nd pick of the 2014 NFL Draft, the Minnesota Vikings select Teddy Bridgewater — quarterback, Louisville.” — This was the moment when Bridgewater officially became an NFL quarterback.
Teddy was a quarterback rising to fame for multiple reasons. First off, he was a college stud that was picked up by an NFL team in the first round of the draft. Secondly, the Vikings were looking for a new quarterback to reshape the franchise. And finally, he would play alongside superstar running back Adrian Peterson — who had just been ranked 4th in the NFL Top 100 list the previous season.
Then the unthinkable happened. In the Vikings training camp in 2016, Bridgewater took a snap thinking that everything was usual. Everything appeared to be fine. A couple of steps later, the quarterback heard a loud pop and his knee locked. Seconds later, Teddy was on the ground with his kneecap dislocated without even being touched by a defender. He probably was thinking something along the lines of “Well, at least it couldn’t get any worse.” But sadly, it could get worse.
The Vikings rushed their quarterback into a surgery room with the Cowboys’ team physician, Dan Cooper, who even called the injury “horribly grotesque” (Washington Post).
As it turned out, Bridgewater had torn his anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) with a dislocated knee.
“It’s mangled. You make the skin incision, and there’s nothing there. It’s almost like a war wound. Everything is blown.” Doctor Cooper went on to elaborate on the destruction of this injury to the young quarterback.
He felt that there was a possibility that Teddy might have to face amputation because the damage was absolutely catastrophic. But that didn’t stop him.
Through lots of hard work and determination, Teddy finally returned back to the game he loved. He played for the Jets in the 2018-2019 season, before they knew that Sam Darnold could be their starting quarterback. This season, Bridgewater signed a deal with the New Orleans Saints, to be their backup quarterback behind Drew Brees. A couple of weeks ago, Drew Brees injured his thumb against the Los Angeles Rams and had to be taken out of the game. This was Teddy’s opportunity to shine. Because of the quarterback change-up, the team lost that game. But last week, the Saints came out extremely strong. Bridgewater had a phenomenal game against the Seattle Seahawks and New Orleans ended up winning 33-27.
Pretty neat. Teddy Bridgewater talked about why it is important to live for this moment and not take anything for granted because in the blink of an eye everything can change. Teddy will be a fun to watch this season as because of his age and talent — and the fact that he conquered an injury that some players never return to playing after makes it that much more impressive.
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