Teddy Bridgewater: “The dream is still alive”

AP

For a guy who’s going to be a backup quarterback this weekend, Teddy Bridgewater is pretty excited.

And that’s only because of what he’s been through the last 15 months, as he came back from a knee injury some thought was career-ending.

“Once I get out there between those lines, I have no regrets, no doubt,” Bridgewater said, via Andrew Krammer of the Minneapolis Star Tribune. “I’m just out there living my dream. There was a time where the dream may have ended or died, but the dream is still alive.”

Bridgewater is physically recovered and upbeat, after going through an arduous rehab. But he also applied the same kind of process-driven approach to his gratitude for the support he got, saying he took three months to reply to the more than 800 text messages of support he received after his preseason knee injury last summer.

“I made it my business to respond to every text message,” he said.

Now, he can tell everyone he’s back. The Vikings are going to continue to start Case Keenum for the moment, since there’s the small matter of Bridgewater getting up to speed with the offense since he hasn’t had a preseason or even very long practicing. He’s still wearing a brace on his left knee, but said he had “no concerns at all” about his physical status.

“Our training staff, our strength and conditioning staff has done a great job preparing me to get to this point,” Bridgewater said. “So once I get out there, it’s no regrets. No holding back. Whatever is meant to happen, happens. I trust God’s plan for me. I’m going to go with that.”

It will be curious to see how long the Vikings wait before going back to the former first-rounder, but his comeback at least stands as a flicker of light for the league as a whole, at a time when so many high-profile stars have gone down with injuries.

19 responses to “Teddy Bridgewater: “The dream is still alive”

  1. As fans, we often look at injuries to these players based on how they affect our teams. We should think more about how these injuries affect their lives. They’re here to provide us with entertainment, but we need to remember that these “entertainers” are people just like us.

  2. Teddy is one of the classiest players in the NFL and a genuine good guy. One could argue about how good of a quarterback he is / or will be, but he is a fine human being. It seems like the NFL is full of ungrateful crybabies and criminals.

    It’s nice to get some good news about what is right in the NFL.

  3. TeddieDaGimp says:
    November 10, 2017 at 8:04 am
    He’s the Original Brett Hundley. Except Brett doesn’t sustain phantom leg injuries.

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    This is a feel good story. We all know you are upset with losing one player to injury and your team becomes dumpster fodder. But to try and make fun of Teddy to make yourself feel better is sad.

  4. TeddieDaGimp says:

    November 10, 2017 at 8:04 am

    He’s the Original Brett Hundley. Except Brett doesn’t sustain phantom leg injuries.
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    I wouldn’t go that far….my dog is better than Brett” I can’t read coverages” Hundley..

  5. Prediction: Vikes go 11-5 and win the North, Teddy goes down in the final game, Sam comes off IR to start the playoffs.

  6. TeddieDaGimp says:
    November 10, 2017 at 8:04 am
    He’s the Original Brett Hundley. Except Brett doesn’t sustain phantom leg injuries.

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    Did you actually create this account today for this comment, or have you been biding your time?

    And, Bridgewater has actually won games, something Hundley hasn’t yet accomplished.

  7. Teddy’s been gone a long time so I don’t want to get my hopes up too much, but I am excited to see him play with this offense. Last time he played, it was with an offense built around giving AP the ball on first and second down and then throwing it on third and long. Now he has an offense that is a great fit for his skill set and he’s surrounded by players who also fit in that offense. The offensive line is light years ahead of what it was two years ago, the running backs are more versatile, and the wide receivers are among the league’s best. Don’t rush him in before he’s ready, but he should be pretty productive when he does get in there.

  8. TeddieDaGimp says:
    November 10, 2017 at 8:04 am
    He’s the Original Brett Hundley. Except Brett doesn’t sustain phantom leg injuries.
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    More character in Teddy than the whole Packer roster combined. How does that make you feel?

  9. If Teddy comes back to lead the Vikes to a superbowl it’ll be greenlit for a movie a la “Bleed for this” or “Cinderella Man”. It’ll make billions if just on Minnesotans seeing it dozens of times each.

  10. TeddieDaGimp says:
    November 10, 2017 at 8:04 am
    He’s the Original Brett Hundley. Except Brett doesn’t sustain phantom leg injuries.
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    There’s always gotta be at least one Knucklehead in the crowd. Not sure if this guy is an actual Packer fan or that old trick of a Viking troll in disguise inciting more hatred for the Packers. In either case knock it off. Any NFL fan should feel inspired by Bridgewater’s comeback. The kid’s got heart. I for one wish him all the best of luck in the world, but just not against the Packers.

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