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Teddy Bridgewater

Teddy Bridgewater
Bridgewater in 2014.
No. 5     Minnesota Vikings
Personal information
Date of birth: (1992-11-10) November 10, 1992
Place of birth: Miami, Florida
Height: 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) Weight: 210 lb (95 kg)
Career information
High school: Miami (FL) Northwestern
College: Louisville
NFL Draft: 2014 / Round: 1 / Pick: 32
Debuted in 2014 for the Minnesota Vikings
Career history
Roster status: Active
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of Week 14, 2014
Pass Attempts 310
Pass Completions 192
Percentage 61.9
TD–INT 10–8
Passing yards 2,136
QB Rating 82.4
Stats at

Theodore Edmond "Teddy" Bridgewater II (born November 10, 1992) is an American football quarterback for the Minnesota Vikings of the National Football League (NFL). He was drafted by the Vikings in the first round of the 2014 NFL Draft. He played college football at Louisville.

Early years

Bridgewater was born in Miami, Florida on November 10, 1992, the son of Rose Murphy. He attended Miami Northwestern High School. In his sophomore year, he replaced Jacory Harris, who had graduated and started playing for the University of Miami, 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.[1]

In his junior year, 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.[2] 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[3] He played in the 2011 U.S. Army All-American Bowl.

Name Hometown High school / college Height Weight 40 Commit date
Teddy Bridgewater
Miami, Florida Miami Northwestern High School 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 185 lb (84 kg) 4.7 Dec 10, 2010 
Scout:4/5 stars   Rivals:4/5 stars   247Sports: N/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.


  • "Louisville Football Commitment List". Retrieved November 25, 2013. 
  • "Louisville College Football Recruiting Commits". Retrieved November 25, 2013. 
  • "ESPN". Retrieved November 25, 2013. 
  • " Team Recruiting Rankings". Retrieved November 25, 2013. 
  • "2011 Team Ranking". Retrieved November 25, 2013. 

College career

Bridgewater in 2012.

As a freshman in 2011, Bridgewater entered the season as a backup but started the Cardinals' fourth game of the season against Marshall and remained the starter the rest of the year. He finished the season completing 191 of 296 passes for 2,129 yards with 14 touchdowns and 12 interceptions. For his play he was named the Big East Rookie of the Year and was named a freshman All-American by,, CBS Sports, and Sporting News.[4][5][6][7][8]

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 lead his team to a win, a Big East title, and a berth to the BCS. He finished the regular season completing 267 of 387 passes for 3,452 yards with 25 touchdowns and just 7 interceptions. 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.[9]

Bridgewater and his Cardinals football team entered the 2013 Sugar Bowl against the Florida Gators as decided underdogs.[10] Although Florida boasted the nation's #1 pass efficiency defense,[11] Bridgewater passed for 266 yards and a pair of touchdowns to become the game's MVP in a 33-23 win.[12]

As a junior in 2013, Bridgewater completed 303 of 427 passes for 3,970 yards with 31 touchdowns and four interceptions. In his final college game against the Miami Hurricanes in the 2013 Russell Athletic Bowl, he completed 35 of 42 passes for 447 yards three touchdowns and was named the game's MVP.[13]


NCAA Collegiate Career statistics
Louisville Cardinals
Season Passing Rushing Receiving Total Offense
Comp Att Yds Pct TD Int Sack Rating Att Yds Avg Lng TD Rec Yds Avg Yards
2011 191 296 2,129 64.5% 14 12 33 132.4 89 66 0.7 26 4 0 0 0 2,195
2012 287 419 3,718 68.5% 27 8 28 160.5 74 26 0.4 17 1 0 0 0 3,744
2013 303 427 3,970 71.0% 31 4 28 169.7 63 78 1.2 20 1 0 0 0 4,048
Total 781 1,142 9,817 68.4% 72 24 83 157.2 226 170 0.8 26 6 0 0 0 9,987


Professional career

2014 NFL Draft

As early as April 2013, Bridgewater was seen as one of the top prospects for the [18]

Pre-draft measurables
Ht Wt Arm length Hand size 40-yd dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert Broad BP Wonderlic
6 ft 2 in 214 lb 33 in 9 14 in 4.79 s 1.63 s 2.76 s 4.20 s 7.17 s 30 in 9 ft 5 in 20
All values from NFL Combine,[19] 40 yard dash times from Louisville Pro Day[20]

Minnesota Vikings

He was selected by the Minnesota Vikings as the 32nd and final pick of the first round of the draft. The Vikings had traded their second round and fourth round picks to the Seattle Seahawks to move up and select Bridgewater.[21] Bridgewater signed a four year contract worth $6.85 million with a $3.3 million signing bonus with the Minnesota Vikings.[22]

2014 season

Bridgewater entered the season as the second string quarterback, behind veteran Matt Cassel but ahead of Christian Ponder. 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.[23] He was named the starting quarterback for the remainder of the season after Cassel, who broke his foot in the aforementioned game, was placed on injury reserve.[24] On Sunday, September 28, 2014, he made his first regular season start against the Atlanta Falcons and won the game, in large part due to his 317 passing yards and his rushing touchdown, his first NFL touchdown.[25] After spraining his ankle during the Falcons matchup, Bridgewater was inactive for the next game against the Green Bay Packers on Thursday Night Football in Week 5. Bridgewater was able to recover for the week 6 game against the Detroit Lions. However, a weak offensive line against a strong Lions' defense led to a 17–3 rout. Bridgewater was picked off three times, two from tipped passes, and was sacked 8 times. In week 7 against the Buffalo Bills, Bridgewater would throw his first career touchdown pass to Cordarrelle Patterson. Despite five sacks and two interceptions, Bridgewater would help the Vikings get a 16–10 lead over the Bills. The effort was negated only by the Bills' comeback win which put them 17–16 with no time to retaliate. Next week would be against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, where Bridgewater would have a 1 touchdown, no interception performance and would be sacked only once. He would be able to lead a game-tying drive to force overtime, where fellow first-round pick Anthony Barr would make a game-winning fumble recovery on the Bucs' first overtime play, giving the Vikings a 19–13 win. His third win as a starter, a 29–26 comeback win over the Washington Redskins, breaks a record shared by both Fran Tarkenton and Ponder for wins among starting rookie quarterbacks.[26] Teddy got his fourth win as a starter against the Carolina Panthers in Week 13 in which he played a turnover free game throwing 2 touchdowns, 1 to veteran WR Greg Jennings and the other to TE Kyle Rudolph.[27]

Vikings Franchise Records

  • Most wins by a rookie starting Quarterback: 5
  • Most passing attempts by a rookie Quarterback: 310
  • Most completions by a rookie Quarterback: 192
  • Most passing yards by a rookie Quarterback: 2,136
  • Longest pass by a rookie Quarterback: 87

Personal life

Bridgewater is the youngest of four children and is a Christian.[28][29] He graduated from the University of Louisville with a degree in Sports Administration after the 2013 college football season.[30] His mother, Rose, is a well documented breast cancer survivor. In 2014, soon after being drafted by the Minnesota Vikings, his mother received a Pink Cadillac Escalade, which was famously noted to be one of Teddy's lifelong dreams.[31]


  1. ^ Wommack, Woody (December 20, 2008). "Seminole rallies from 21-point deficit, stuns Miami Northwestern". USA Today. 
  2. ^ "Rising Miami star Bridgewater fires seven TDs". MaxPreps. September 28, 2009. 
  3. ^
  4. ^ Louisville football's Teddy Bridgewater named Big East Rookie of the Year
  5. ^ Watkins leads Freshman All-America Team
  6. ^ FoxSportsNext 2011 Freshman All-American Team
  7. ^ 2011 Freshman All-America team
  8. ^ Early impact: These freshmen were at the head of their class
  9. ^ Louisville QB Teddy Bridgewater named BE's Offensive Player of the Year
  10. ^ Sugar Bowl Odds: Florida heavy favorites over Louisville - SB Nation Tampa Bay
  11. ^ Stingy Florida defense anticipates challenge of Louisville |
  12. ^ Louisville's Teddy Bridgewater wins the Miller-Digby MVP award |
  13. ^ Teddy Bridgewater, Louisville dominate in Russell Athletic Bowl
  14. ^ Teddy Bridgewater Stats, News, Videos, Pictures, Bio - Louisville Cardinals - ESPN
  15. ^ Prisco, Pete (April 30, 2013). "Quarterbacks should make big resurgence in Round 1 of 2014 draft". 
  16. ^ ESPN's Todd McShay projects Louisville's Teddy Bridgewater as top pick in first NFL mock draft
  17. ^ How does Teddy Bridgewater compare to recent top QB prospects?
  18. ^ "Teddy Bridgewater heading to NFL". January 1, 2014. 
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  21. ^ Vikings draft Teddy Bridgewater after missing Manziel
  22. ^ Chris Tomasson (May 20, 2014). "Vikings' Teddy Bridgewater, Anthony Barr sign rookie deals". St. Paul Pioneer Press. Retrieved August 12, 2014. 
  23. ^ Goessling, Ben (September 21, 2014). "Teddy Bridgewater makes NFL debut". Retrieved September 21, 2014. 
  24. ^ "Vikings place QB Matt Cassel on IR".  
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  28. ^ "U of L athletes share what FCA means to them". 
  29. ^ "The American". 
  30. ^ "Louisville QB Teddy Bridgewater will reportedly declare for the 2014 NFL draft". 
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External links

  • Minnesota Vikings bio
  • Louisville Cardinals bio
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