Teddy Bridgewater says he’s tired of football players trying to portray a “tough guy image”

Miami Dolphins Mandatory Minicamp
Getty Images

Dolphins quarterback Teddy Bridgewater has a problem with the way some of his fellow players portray themselves publicly.

“Tired of seeing football players portray this tough guy image or pretend he’s a gangsta,” Bridgewater wrote on social media. “You went to school, attended those classes and some even got their college degree. Now you might have 1.5% of professional football players that’s on but the remaining 98.5% are only ‘football tough.'”

Bridgewater said that football players should think about how children perceive their actions.

“Kids don’t be fooled,” Bridgewater wrote. “You can play ball, do the right thing and they still gonna accept you. Look at me, I’m far from perfect but I chose the ball route but I still can go to the hood and post up and it’s all love. I still keep the same 3 dudes around me. My people accept me for making all the right decisions and not falling victim or being tricked by the false image you see on IG from a lot of ball players.”

Bridgewater, who was born and raised in Miami, is with his hometown team for the first time in his NFL career, and hoping to make a positive impact in his community.

19 responses to “Teddy Bridgewater says he’s tired of football players trying to portray a “tough guy image”

  1. Good for Teddy. The youth do need positive influences in their lives, even more than ever these days. We’re supposed to be helping to steer them to the right path, not continue the patterns that have led us to this place in society. Much respect to Bridgewater for calling it out.

  2. This guy gets it always loved Teddy a damn shame he got hurt and was never the same after that. Good Luck this year!!

  3. Teddy B was always a cool cat in Minnesnowta. Rooting for ya Teddy. Makes sense.

  4. Spot on! Most of the 98.5% “tough guys” are too scared to live this idea. Step up.

  5. Just a great person. Wished he had more success in the NFL — then his message might gain more traction.

  6. Says football players should top acting like they hard then proceeds to tell us how hard he still is in his hood. gtfoh!!

  7. Teddy Teddy Teddy… in a perfect world he never gets hurt and the Vikings finally win it all in 2017. Well, in my perfect world.
    Really though, he is a great role model. God bless you Teddy!

  8. Well said Teddy. When are players going to lose the school is not cool image they portray. Education is a good thing? Being educated doesn’t detract from having athleticism and getting paid to play sports.

Leave a Reply

You must be logged in to leave a comment. Not a member? Register now!

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.