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Bridgewater: Gloves haven’t been this big since Michael Jackson

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Teddy Bridgewater sounds tired about talking about his gloves. But he tries to show good humor about it.

Bridgewater, the Vikings’ rookie quarterback whose gloveless performance at his Pro Day caused his draft stock to drop, says he will wear gloves every time he plays for the rest of his life. But he’s a little surprised by how much people are focusing on it.

“Man, I don’t think gloves have been much of a deal like this since Michael Jackson,” Bridgewater told USA Today. “But to this day and for the rest of my career, I’m going to continue to wear gloves.”

Bridgewater says the gloves he’ll wear are specifically designed for quarterbacks and should make him a better passer.

“It feels like the ball actually — like the texture of the ball,” Bridgewater said. “I guess that’s why it’s a perfect match for when the ball is in my hand. When the ball is in my hand, it just sticks to my hand. It feels like I’m bare-handed, but I’m not.”

There was a time when no quarterbacks wore gloves, but there was also a time when no wide receivers wear gloves. Now virtually all receivers wear gloves, and a day may come when gloves are the norm for quarterbacks as well. And then people will stop asking Bridgewater about his gloves.

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82 Responses to “Bridgewater: Gloves haven’t been this big since Michael Jackson”
  1. strockrocks says: Jun 16, 2014 12:44 PM

    God, I hate the off-season….

  2. sonofad says: Jun 16, 2014 12:45 PM

    Michael Jackson was a lot more masculine than Bridgewater.

  3. spasticpickle says: Jun 16, 2014 12:45 PM

    O.J. Simpson had a pretty famous glove too…

  4. ariani1985 says: Jun 16, 2014 12:46 PM

    With erin Rodgers tiny hands and him leading the league in fumbles this might help him

  5. iman62 says: Jun 16, 2014 12:47 PM

    No glove no love?

  6. kneelbeforesod says: Jun 16, 2014 12:47 PM

    Depends on who you ask.

    OJ

  7. tokyofilthblaster says: Jun 16, 2014 12:47 PM

    Glove like Michael.

    Hands like Billie Jean.

  8. 700levelvet says: Jun 16, 2014 12:49 PM

    Yeah everyone cared about the freaks gloves

  9. virusgvr says: Jun 16, 2014 12:49 PM

    Don’t forget to add O.J (aka “The Juice”) when talking about those gloves Bridgewater!

  10. thepftpoet says: Jun 16, 2014 12:53 PM

    Teddy Bridgewater is poised for NFL Success.

    Not only does he already have Elite Quarterback work ethic.

    He also is deadly accurate, with a 71% completion percentage in a Pro Style Offense where he made all the audibles for the Wide Receivers & Offensive Line.

    With Mediocre Talent around him, he still managed to destroy both top ranked SEC teams in both Bowl Games.

    Also displaying great pocket awareness, Throwing 17 Tds & 1 Interception against the Blitz, Which no other college QB came close to doing.

    He also displayed the highest velocity in his throws out of every single QB in the draft – According to Sports Science.

    The only Knock critics seem to have on him is his mediocre Pro Day, which doesn’t seem to be the best evaluation of Quarterbacks – Unless you think Jamarcus Russell is a great Quarterback.

    In other words – This man is a Future Super Star in the NFL.

    #TheMinnesotaVikingsDynastyHasBegun

  11. bobzilla1001 says: Jun 16, 2014 12:55 PM

    How is that performance-enhancing gloves are even legal?

  12. crownofthehelmet says: Jun 16, 2014 12:56 PM

    Oddly enough, that was also the last time Min had any resemblance of a professional sports team.

  13. shumagorath says: Jun 16, 2014 12:58 PM

    They should ban all gloves in the league as a performance enhancing device! Why can’t these guys rely on their natural butterfinger ability?

  14. realnflmaster says: Jun 16, 2014 12:59 PM

    This guy sucks, he needs gloves to throw better(aka cheat because he can’t man up and grip the football)

  15. chris3141084 says: Jun 16, 2014 1:01 PM

    Well OJ’s glove was a tad too small if I remember correctly. But Kurt Warner’s career could be attributed the gloves he wore, so Teddy, wear those gloves and you may have a good career.

  16. godofwine330 says: Jun 16, 2014 1:03 PM

    Listen, my teams drafted QB Johnny Manziel just had a video of him shot while he was drunk holding a huge stack of money and everybody in Cleveland radio is having a tissy over it. I wanted the Browns to draft Teddy Bridgewater because I believed he will be the better QB. He played in an NFL-style offense with reads and progressions and an actual playbook which Party Manziel never has.

    I called Cleveland sports radio the day after the first round and said that Minnesota got the best QB of this years draft. Glove or no glove, this is the guy that I wanted. I think a whole lot was made out of nothing with the glove and the Pro-day and I wish Teddy B the best of luck.

  17. golforepar says: Jun 16, 2014 1:04 PM

    What would you expect from “Baby hands” Bridgewater?

  18. ariani1985 says: Jun 16, 2014 1:04 PM

    If the packer defense wore gloves do you think that they could actually tackle?

  19. abreathofsanity says: Jun 16, 2014 1:05 PM

    You don’t need gloves to hold a clipboard.

  20. Carl Gerbschmidt says: Jun 16, 2014 1:05 PM

    It’s not the fact that he wears gloves, it’s the fact that he wears a lady’s XS in glove size.

  21. Aaron Rodgers Has Tiny Hands says: Jun 16, 2014 1:10 PM

    Hold your hand up and spread your fingers apart as far as you can. Pretend that’s Teddy Bridgewater’s hand. Now spread your fingers apart a little bit further. That’s Aaron Rodger’s hand.

  22. Aaron Rodgers Has Tiny Hands says: Jun 16, 2014 1:10 PM

    I’d rather have a quarterback who wears a glove than a quarterback who wears yoga pants.

  23. thepftpoet says: Jun 16, 2014 1:12 PM

    Teddy Bridgewater’s Handsize is 9 1/8 inches.

    Aaron Rodgers Handsize is 9 2/8 inches.

    I didn’t know 1/8 of an inch smaller made your hand size “tiny”

    Delusional Packer Fans at their best.

    You can’t make this stuff up.

  24. Aaron Rodgers Has Tiny Hands says: Jun 16, 2014 1:12 PM

    Bridgewater not wearing gloves at his Pro Day was the best thing that ever happened to him and the Vikings.

  25. GenXJay says: Jun 16, 2014 1:13 PM

    Maybe gloves will be the norm at all yoga classes in Wisc. too.

  26. elliottcovert says: Jun 16, 2014 1:14 PM

    Teddy are you OK, are you OK, are you OK Teddy?

  27. tokyofilthblaster says: Jun 16, 2014 1:15 PM

    When Bridewater says that “gloves haven’t been this big…..”

    ….he meas figuratively.

  28. bobzilla1001 says: Jun 16, 2014 1:15 PM

    OJ attempted to put on a pair of TIGHT “form-fitting” gloves while wearing a pair of sheer gloves underneath. Naturally the tight gloves didn’t fit. A little trickeration by his “dream team.”

  29. tinytoolalldrool says: Jun 16, 2014 1:15 PM

    Great picture. You made me laugh Michael. Thank you for posting it.

  30. mvp43 says: Jun 16, 2014 1:15 PM

    It sure will be a long and painful fall for a few people here when Teddy Bridgewater ends up being Brian Brohm 2.0.

  31. Aaron Rodgers Has Tiny Hands says: Jun 16, 2014 1:19 PM

    Make fun of his hands and his glove all you want. I’m just going to enjoy watching that tiny gloved hand throw touchdown pass after touchdown pass.

  32. tokyosandblaster says: Jun 16, 2014 1:22 PM

    He’s not going to be good.

    >

  33. golforepar says: Jun 16, 2014 1:27 PM

    I hear “Baby hands” Bridgewater was spotted shopping at American Girl! Where else do you get gloves that small?

  34. Aaron Rodgers Has Tiny Hands says: Jun 16, 2014 1:31 PM

    Teddy Bridgewater is not going to be Brian Brohm 2.0. You would have to be an idiot to draft Brian Brohm.

  35. whatjusthapped says: Jun 16, 2014 1:31 PM

    Viking fans loved Michael Jackson, anybody that runs around singing, “Beat It” while wearing one glove resonates with the fan base.

    Bridgewater should wake up to the fact it wasn’t the glove at his Pro Day, he just wasn’t any good to begin with. But let’s keep that a secret and wait 3 years for the Viking fans to figure out. Where I come up with the 3 years, well, it took that long to figure out Ponder was useless so I estimate about the same time frame.

  36. cowpiesnotcowboys says: Jun 16, 2014 1:32 PM

    Is Bridgewater going to run around singing “Beat It” while wearing one glove too?

  37. tangysizzl says: Jun 16, 2014 1:33 PM

    I guess that 1/8 of an inch is enough to play like a league MVP/SB MVP QB without a glove. Something Teddy will never do, with or without his gloves.

  38. timcast12 says: Jun 16, 2014 1:34 PM

    Lol he calls us delusional hahahaha

  39. vikesandravens78 says: Jun 16, 2014 1:36 PM

    Kurt Warner wore gloves too. Big deal. The media needs to find something else to talk about.

  40. weepingjebus says: Jun 16, 2014 1:39 PM

    Not sure why, but the “X has tiny hands” is my favorite PFT meme of late. I’d clap but I always miss.

  41. joetoronto says: Jun 16, 2014 1:43 PM

    Gloves or no gloves, he’s gonna stink it up either way.

  42. mvp43 says: Jun 16, 2014 1:49 PM

    Okay – an 1/8″ difference in handsize is no big deal. But I’ll take Rodgers 35 Wonderlic score over Bridgewaters 20 any day of the week.

    The average Wonderlic score of the 2014 projected starting QB’s is 29.4. Johnny football scored a 32. Now I’m not a firm believer that Wonderlic score is a overwelming factor in deciding on a QB to lead your team, but 20?

    The fact that Cam Newton scored a 21 should leave some hope for Vikings fans, but at least with Newton he had other physical gifts that Bridgewater doesn’t.

  43. sonofad says: Jun 16, 2014 2:02 PM

    They sure love their tiny digits in MN.

  44. Satanic Hell Creature says: Jun 16, 2014 2:06 PM

    Okay – an 1/8″ difference in handsize is no big deal. But I’ll take Rodgers 35 Wonderlic score over Bridgewaters 20 any day of the week.

    The average Wonderlic score of the 2014 projected starting QB’s is 29.4. Johnny football scored a 32. Now I’m not a firm believer that Wonderlic score is a overwelming factor in deciding on a QB to lead your team, but 20?

    The fact that Cam Newton scored a 21 should leave some hope for Vikings fans, but at least with Newton he had other physical gifts that Bridgewater doesn’t.

    –Wonderlic scores mean nothing to the success of an NFL QB. Some examples:
    Ryan Fitzpatrick – 48
    Blaine Gabbert – 42

  45. icebowler says: Jun 16, 2014 2:07 PM

    Even if the glove does fit,
    he will submit,
    to Packer dominance.

  46. obamareallysucks says: Jun 16, 2014 2:10 PM

    low iq does not help either

  47. lnfinite says: Jun 16, 2014 2:15 PM

    Off season talk is cheap, let’s see the results on the field….

  48. Satanic Hell Creature says: Jun 16, 2014 2:16 PM

    Anthony Dilweg – 36
    Christian Ponder – 35
    Matt Leinart – 35

    And for a few examples of lower scores:
    Ben Roethlisberger – 25
    Chad Pennington – 25
    Trent Dilfer – 22
    Mark Brunell – 22
    Brett Favre -22
    Daunte Culpepper – 18
    Steve Mcnair – 15
    Randall Cunningham – 15
    Jim Kelly – 15
    Dan Marino – 15
    Terry Bradshaw – 15
    Donovan Mcnabb – 14

  49. gbmickey says: Jun 16, 2014 2:18 PM

    He will fit in well with the queens and the fans. Having to make excuses because of his poor performance when the pressure was on. Yeah a glove makes the difference to an undraftable performance vs, 1 st round worthy one. I can only imagine the panic when the real bullets start.

    How laughable that the Viking fans are so desperate for a qb they are trying to draw comparisons to all time #1 qb rating qb, league MVP, Super Bowl winner and MVP. Of course though ask any purple fan and they have chosen another pro bowl player who will help contribute to the 4th out of 5 last place finishes to continue the dynasty.

  50. hanifmiller says: Jun 16, 2014 2:18 PM

    This past draft will be a redefining moment for NFL front offices. When Bridgewater outperforms Johnny football teams will return to focusing on a player’s film as opposed to being blown away by how “wonderful” and “amusing” a players pro day went.

  51. fwippel says: Jun 16, 2014 2:19 PM

    Teddy will become the best QB the Vikings have had in the last 35 years, if not their entire history.

    Hope all those Packers, Bears, and Lions fans get used to the following call, because they’re going to be hearing it a lot over the next decade plus: “Bridgewater to Patterson…..Touchdown!”

  52. granadafan says: Jun 16, 2014 2:20 PM

    “Smaller” hands are completely overrated. These guys are throwing the same sized ball in college. Aaron Rodgers, the target of completely jealous Vikings fans, tied the NCAA record for most consecutive complete passes in a game against the eventual BCS champions. In the pros, he’s the most efficient NFL QB in history. Jawalrus Russell had big hands and he sucked.

    Accuracy is what matters. Bridgewater was quite accurate in college, so we’ll see what he can do.

  53. purpleguy says: Jun 16, 2014 2:22 PM

    Still laughing over the post preferring a QB that wears gloves over one that wears yoga pants. . . . .

  54. stellarperformance says: Jun 16, 2014 2:24 PM

    The gloves gets him to 9-3/8″ from 9-1/4″. Without the gloves his hand size would be nearly a full inch less than Rodgers @ 10-1/8″.

  55. imthedudedude says: Jun 16, 2014 2:27 PM

    GB-56
    minn-49
    2 ties
    All time
    Case closed () hahahaha
    Unless you wanna start talking about titles, we can do that all day too. But just not with Viking fans, they don’t know about titles quite yet, haven’t been there in.. Damn I can’t even remember

  56. bridgeh2o says: Jun 16, 2014 2:33 PM

    They shipped a whole case for the packers “D” to help them tackle, intercept…..anything to help, but to no avail, the packers “D” still sucks.

    Tough time to be a packer fan of defense.

  57. bobnelsonjr says: Jun 16, 2014 2:51 PM

    Can this quarterback who hides his tiny hands in gloves be better than Tarvaris Jackson?

    He isn’t as good as Ponder or Joe Webb, yet.

    He may be better than John David Booty but not as good as Donovan McNabb.

    It is a shame they paid all that money to Josh Freeman and then not give him a fair chance to compete with all the other viking QB’s.

    Each viking QB is hailed locally until they actually play; then they are said to need more time until they run out of time.

    Given the vikings amazing history of drafting and developing QB’s, it is an easy bet how Teddy Bridgewater and his hidden small hands turn out.

  58. sonofad says: Jun 16, 2014 2:52 PM

    Sometimes I wonder why the Vikings always finish in last place.

    Other times I just sit back and enjoy it.

  59. Aaron Rodgers Has Tiny Hands says: Jun 16, 2014 3:25 PM

    This is what it’s come to. Packer fans are so scared they’re trying to convince us that hand size and Wonderlic scores are the determinants of quarterbacking success. If that were true, Christian Ponder would be an All Pro. Now we have a guy trying to convince us that Rodgers’ hands are 10 1/8″ when anyone with an internet connection can find out in seconds that they’re 9 3/8″. They really believe it’s that important!

  60. deltaoracle says: Jun 16, 2014 3:48 PM

    Strangely enough, Teddy also has roughly the same physique that the King of Pop did.

  61. stellarperformance says: Jun 16, 2014 3:58 PM

    You’re looking in the wrong places and being provided incorrect information. This is straight from the official sources:

    “Like his predecessor, Brett Favre, he has larger-than-average hands. They enable Rodgers to hold on to the ball even with a defender tugging on his arm. In the cold, when the ball holds like a frozen Butterball, Rodgers’ massive grip helps secure the ball while maintaining a functioning passing game.

    Rodgers’ hands measured 10 1/8 inches from thumb tip to pinky tip, second-largest of the quarterbacks at the 2005 draft combine and not far behind Favre’s hand measurement of 10 3/8 inches.”

    Sure, you’ll find other information out here, incorrect information, and if that is what you prefer…..have at it. For me, I’ll stick with the facts and truth. Good luck!

  62. gbmickey says: Jun 16, 2014 4:01 PM

    Really scared? Scared maybe of the stench of losing drifting over the border. Rodgers set the standard in the history of the NFL in qb rating yet we are scared? As far as hand size look it up or post it instead of continuing the lie. Just trying to cover for the queens drafting Fumblepepper 2.0 and his tiny hands. Lessons don’t get taught very well in minnesota do they?

    Tom Oates: Hands down, Aaron Rodgers gives the Packers an edge

    GREEN BAY — The crisis in the seats has been averted.

    Green Bay Packers fans, as always, will fill Lambeau Field despite the bitter cold predicted for today’s NFC wild card playoff game with the San Francisco 49ers.

    That means the crisis has shifted to the playing field, where the Packers will try to avoid losing to the defending NFC champions for the fourth time in 16 months.

    The anticipated sub-zero temperatures and Arctic Circle wind chills have been the topic of discussion all week while the Packers — like two of the other three NFL teams hosting playoff games — scrambled to sell tickets, but the truth is the conditions will affect the game far more than the attendance.

    That’s why the up-and-down Packers probably should be favored to beat the talent-rich 49ers today, though by the slimmest of margins.

    Like, say, an inch.

    Yes, an inch, which is the difference between the hand size of the quarterbacks — Green Bay’s Aaron Rodgers — as measured at the NFL scouting combine when they entered the draft. Rodgers’ hands (101/8 inches) are large for a quarterback;

  63. gbmickey says: Jun 16, 2014 4:03 PM

    So tiny hands any more made up stuff to back your weak arguments?

  64. purplezimmerpride says: Jun 16, 2014 4:19 PM

    Looks like Vikings NFC North worst offense is set to lead the league for most interceptions thrown for a record 5th straight year.

    Too bad our NFC North worst defense can’t do the same.

  65. Matt dog from C-town says: Jun 16, 2014 4:24 PM

    Bust!!!!!!!

  66. onbucky96 says: Jun 16, 2014 4:28 PM

    SHAMON! HE HE! OW! I’m running out of Wacko Jacko bits…just like Jacko ran out of nose, allegedly. Now pour me some Jesus Juice…SHAMON!

  67. tallorder14 says: Jun 16, 2014 4:42 PM

    Funny enough, MJ has HUGE hands! I’m serious! Look at some photos / Google Michael Jackson big hands and click on Images tab.

  68. stevent92 says: Jun 16, 2014 4:53 PM

    Aaron Rodgers shattered a collarbone on a routine dropback #soft #earlyretirement

  69. golforepar says: Jun 16, 2014 5:06 PM

    The Vikings talk a lot before the season, only because they have nothing to say or gloat about during the season!

  70. WI has no economy says: Jun 16, 2014 5:24 PM

    Someday “Wisconsin” will have a real economy.. Until then The Great State of Minnesota is here to provide you poor souls who inhabit that wasteland of shame and regret, with jobs, non-pretend healthcare, and an over all model as to what an actual state looks like

  71. wafflestomp says: Jun 16, 2014 5:30 PM

    The only reason the state of Minnesota would provide jobs for Wisconsinites is because their residents have no work ethic.

  72. Satanic Hell Creature says: Jun 16, 2014 5:46 PM

    Looks like Vikings NFC North worst offense is set to lead the league for most interceptions thrown for a record 5th straight year.

    –Why is it that trolls have to lie one almost every post they make? Without even looking back 5 years, I’ll prove this a lie. In 2013 Cassell threw 9 ints, Ponder threw 9 ints and Freeman threw 4 ints. For the math impaired troll brains, that’s 22 ints. That same season, Eli Manning threw 29 ints, Joe Flacco threw 22 ints and Carson Palmer threw 22 ints. Like the guys saying Rodgers has 10″+ hands, just because you keep saying it, doesn’t make a lie true.

  73. khmer379 says: Jun 16, 2014 6:17 PM

    Kurt Warner went to 3 SB n won 1 so this whole glove thing is a joke kinda like the Packer defense n Seattle infatuation with Vikings players

  74. purpleguy says: Jun 16, 2014 6:27 PM

    Actually, Minnesota hires so many Wisconsinites because our state needs plenty of unskilled, low educated workers — most of our natives have the white collar jobs.

  75. stellarperformance says: Jun 16, 2014 7:14 PM

    As soon as knowledgeable Packer fans corner you with football-centric witticisms, you guys get all flustered and resort to childish non-football related putdowns and insults. As I’ve said before….. its the only ammunition you have. Gigging you dolts just to see how far you jump is hilarious. We do it for sport in the off-season, and it’s like shooting fish in a barrel……(something you’re actually probably good at!)

  76. beerbratscheese says: Jun 16, 2014 7:15 PM

    The real reason the Teddy has decided to keep the gloves is that, now that he’s playing for Minnesota, he knows the only way he’ll be able to get his tiny hands on a Lombardi Trophy is to steal it. Wearing gloves means no fingerprints.

  77. wafflestomp says: Jun 16, 2014 7:43 PM

    The Minnesota Vikings have never won a significant game in the entire history of their organization.
    Over 50 years of futility.

    And the entire league laughs at you.

  78. mzew233 says: Jun 16, 2014 9:04 PM

    Jackson is innocent

  79. gbmickey says: Jun 16, 2014 9:39 PM

    Really the economy? Are you guys really that desperate that on a football site that’s the best you got? There is not one tangible thing you can say regarding your dismal franchise and have to talk complete nonsense.

  80. sonofad says: Jun 16, 2014 9:54 PM

    I thought Viking fans all worked at Target.

  81. hatersh8 says: Jun 17, 2014 5:21 AM

    Hahaha this is great. Packers fans everywhere are trying as hard as they can to troll the Vikings boards, because they are quaking in their cheesy little boots. The Vikes could be a real threat this year, and it has them all nervous. Better get what you can in now.. it will be a long tumble down once Rodgers is done in Green Bay. Hope you’re ready for the insults to spam across all of your team articles.. and then you can reply with “but, but.. our team was good.. at one time!!”

  82. stellarperformance says: Jun 17, 2014 2:25 PM

    I don’t own any cheesy little boots. Ask Bridgewater for his.

    You know what they say: Small Hands…Small Feet!

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