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Teddy Bridgewater
No. 5 — Denver Broncos
Position:  Quarterback
Personal information
Born:  November 10 1992 (1992-11-10) (age 28)
 Miami, Florida
Listed height:  6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Listed height:  210 in (95 kg)
National Football League debut
Debut: 2014 for the Minnesota Vikings
Career information
High school:  Miami Northwestern (FL)
College:  Louisville
NFL Draft:  2014 / Rnd: 1 / Pck: 32nd
Career history
Roster status: Active
* = Offseason/Practice squad
Career highlights and awards
  • Pro Bowl (2015)
  • Pepsi NFL Rookie of the Year (2014)
  • PFWA All-Rookie Team (2014)
  • Second-team All-AAC (2013)
  • Big East Offensive Player of The Year (2012)
  • First-team All-Big East (2012)
  • Big East Rookie of the Year (2011)

Thedore "Teddy" Bridgewater, Jr. (born November 10, 1992) is an American football quarterback for the Denver Broncos. He was drafted by the Minnesota Vikings in the first round of the 2014 NFL Draft.

Career

High school career

Teddy attended Miami Northwestern High School in his hometown Miami, Florida.[1] In his sophomore year, he replaced Jacory Harris as starting quarterback and took over a team that had been named the 2007 national champions by USA Today. He completed 97 of 160 attempts (60.6 percent) for 1,560 yards over the season, throwing 16 touchdowns with three interceptions. He also carried 45 times for 211 yards (4.7 average) and two more scores. Northwestern finished the season 13–3, falling short to Seminole High School of Sanford 28–21 in the 6A state title game.[2]

As a junior, Bridgewater passed for 2,546 yards and 32 touchdowns and rushed for 379 yards and five more scores. In a late-September game against Hialeah-Miami Lakes High School, he completed 19 of 24 passes for 327 yards and a Dade County record of seven touchdowns.[3] He was named second team All-State for 6A classification and first team All-County by the Miami Herald. Northwestern finished the season 10–2, after a 29–16 loss to rival Miami Central High School.

As a senior, Bridgewater had 2,606 passing yards and 22 touchdowns despite missing parts of the season with a medial collateral ligament injury. He also rushed for 223 yards and eight more scores. Northwestern had a 9–3 record for the season, losing 42–27 to Miami Central in the 6-A semifinals, in which he threw for 436 yards and scored four touchdowns.

Regarded as a four-star recruit, Bridgewater was considered the sixth best dual-threat quarterback prospect in the nation by Rivals.com.[4] He played in the 2011 U.S. Army All-American Bowl.[5]

US college sports recruiting information for high school athletes
Name Hometown High school / college Height Weight 40 Commit date
Teddy Bridgewater
QB
Miami, Florida Miami Northwestern High School 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 0 pounds (0 kg) 4.7 Dec 10, 2010 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:4/5 stars   Rivals:4/5 stars   247SportsN/A    ESPN grade: 80
Overall recruiting rankings: Scout: 6 (QB)   Rivals: 6 (QB), 23 (FL), 113 (National)  ESPN: 9 (QB), 73 (Southeast)
  • Note: In many cases, Scout, Rivals, 247Sports, and ESPN may conflict in their listings of height and weight.
  • In these cases, the average was taken. ESPN grades are on a 100-point scale.

Sources:

As a freshman in 2011, Bridgewater entered the season as a backup to Will Stein but started the Cardinals' fourth game of the season against Marshall and remained the starter the rest of the year.[6][7] He finished the season completing 191 of 296 passes for 2,129 yards with 14 touchdowns and 12 interceptions.[8] For his play, he was named the Big East Rookie of the Year and was named a freshman All-American by Rivals.com, Scout.com, CBS Sports, and Sporting News.[9][10][11][12][13]

Collegiate career

As a sophomore in 2012, Bridgewater started 11 of 12 regular season games. In his only non-starting action, coming off the bench while injured against Rutgers, he led his team to a win, a Big East title, and a berth to the BCS.[14] He finished the regular season completing 267 of 387 passes for 3,452 yards with 25 touchdowns and just 7 interceptions.[15] He finished 6th in the nation in completion percentage, 8th in yards per attempt, and 7th in passing efficiency. For his play, he was named the Big East Offensive Player of the Year.[16]

In a successful college career at Louisville, Bridgewater won two bowl games: the 2013 Sugar Bowl and the 2013 Russell Athletic Bowl. He also won the Big East Rookie of the Year in 2011.

In 3 years, Bridgewater completed 781 of 1,142 passes for 9,817 yards and 72 touchdowns. He also rushed for 170 yards.

2014 NFL Draft

Bridgewater was selected in the first round (32nd overall) by the Vikings. They traded with the Seattle Seahawks to get that pick.Bridgewater was selected by the Minnesota Vikings as the 32nd and final pick of the first round of the draft.[17] The Vikings had traded their second round and fourth round picks to the Seattle Seahawks to move up and select Bridgewater.[18] Bridgewater signed a four-year contract worth $6.85 million with a $3.3 million signing bonus with the Minnesota Vikings.[19]

Professional Career

Minnesota Vikings

Teddy Brigdewater as teh Minnesota Vikings starting QB in 2014 game.

Bridgewater entered the season as the second-string quarterback, behind veteran Matt Cassel but ahead of Christian Ponder.[20] Bridgewater made his regular season debut on September 21, 2014 against the New Orleans Saints, entering in relief of the injured Cassel and finishing the game with 150 passing yards.[21]

Having wrested the staring QB job, Bridgewater finished the 2014 season with 2,919 yards passing, 14 touchdowns, 12 interceptions, and an 85.2 passer rating.[22] He played in 13 games, starting 12 of them. On January 13, 2015, Bridgewater was selected as the quarterback of the 2014 NFL All-Rookie team by the Pro Football Writers of America.[23] Bridgewater also won the 2014 Pepsi Rookie of the Year award, as voted by fans.[24]

2016 season

During a team practice on August 30, 2016, Bridgewater suffered a non-contact injury to his left leg. A subsequent MRI confirmed that he had torn his ACL and suffered other structural damage, including a dislocation of the knee joint. As a result, he missed the rest of the 2016 season.[25][26] After the loss of Bridgewater for at least the 2016 season, the Vikings traded a first-round pick in the 2017 NFL Draft and a conditional fourth-round pick in the 2018 NFL Draft to the Philadelphia Eagles for quarterback Sam Bradford.[27][28] In 2016, the Vikings went 8-8, finishing third in the NFC North and missing the playoffs, despite starting the season with a 5-0 record.[29]

2017 season

Originally, the media reported that Bridgewater's injury would keep him out for 17–19 months, meaning he would miss the entire 2017 season. In January 2017, doctors confirmed that the healing would indeed take 19 months.[30]

On May 1, 2017, the Vikings declined the fifth-year option on Bridgewater's contract, making him a free agent after the 2017 season.[31]

Bridgewater began throwing and doing individual work in May at Vikings mini-camps. Head coach Mike Zimmer said on June 6, that Bridgewater "has a long way to go" until he is fully healed, but was impressed by his rehabilitation progress to that point.[32] However, on September 2, the Vikings announced that he would begin the season on the PUP List, meaning that he would miss the first six games to begin the year.[33] On October 16, he was cleared to practice, but couldn't return to action for 3 more weeks.[34][35] Bridgewater was activated off PUP to the active roster on November 8, 2017 to back up Case Keenum.[36][37] Bridgewater entered the Week 15 game against the Cincinnati Bengals in relief of Keenum in the fourth quarter. The whole crowd gave Bridgewater a standing ovation as he walked onto the field.[38] Bridgewater finished with an interception out of two pass attempts as the Vikings won 34-7.[39][40]

New York Jets

On March 18, 2018, Bridgewater signed a one-year contract with the New York Jets.[41][42] The contract only guaranteed a $500k signing bonus, though he could make up to a maximum of $15 million from a non-guaranteed salary and incentives. [43]

New Orleans Saints

2018 season

On August 29, 2018, the Jets traded Bridgewater and a 2019 sixth-round draft pick to the New Orleans Saints for a 2019 third-round draft pick.[44][45]

Bridgewater made his regular-season debut on October 8 against the Washington Redskins, taking a knee twice to close out the game. He did this in two more games later in the season.[46]

On December 28, with the Saints already locking up the #1 seed, it was announced that Bridgewater would start in the season finale against the Carolina Panthers. This would be his first start since 2015 season due to the Saints resting Drew Brees and Taysom Hill.[47] He would throw his first touchdown pass since Week 16 against the New York Giants back when he was in Minnesota. Bridgewater finished the game completing 14 of 22 passes for 118 yards, a touchdown, and an interception as the Saints lost 33–14. He also rushed for 12 yards.[48]

2019 season

On March 15, 2019, Bridgewater signed a one-year, $7.25 million fully guaranteed contract with the Saints.[49]

Carolina Panthers

Teddy Bridgewater during a game against the Packers in 2020.

In the 2020 season, he signed a three-year, $63 million contract with the Carolina Panthers. He started and played 15 games, finishing his season with 15 passing touchdowns, 5 rushing touchdowns, and 11 interceptions.

Denver Broncos

On April 28, 2021, he was traded to the Denver Broncos for a 2021 sixth round pick.

References

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