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.