Vikings QB Teddy Bridgewater opens up about long road to recovery
When Teddy Bridgewater was drafted in 2014, the Minnesota Vikings believed they had found their franchise quarterback for the future. Like most rookies, Bridgewater’s initial season in the NFL was filled with struggles, but he went on to lead Minnesota to a 11-5 record in 2015. A devastating knee injury prior to the 2016 campaign, however, put Bridgewater’s career in jeopardy and triggered the Vikings to trade for Sam Bradford.
Jut 15 months later, Bridgewater has found himself back on the Vikings’ active roster and he could make his first NFL game appearance since 2015 this coming Sunday against the Washington Redskins as Case Keenum’s backup.
Speaking in front of reporters Thursday, a pleased Bridgewater talked about the difficulties he went through and his gratitude for having the opportunity to play the sport he loves at the top level again.
“Once I get out there in between those lines I have no regrets, no doubt. I’m just out there living my dream. There was a time when the dream died, but the dream is still alive.”
“Getting back out there, this is not only about me, this is about the people who counted me in. There were a bunch of people who counted me out, outside of this building and things like that.
“But, at the end of the day, it’s about going out there and competing for these guys in this locker room and all the people who counted me in.”
Depending on how things play out, Bridgewater could overtake Keenum as the Vikings’ starting quarterback this season. In 29 games so far in his career, the dual-threat Bridgewater has 6,150 passing yards to go with 28 touchdowns and 21 interceptions. He also has 401 yards on the ground and four rushing TDs.