As all Louisville fans have, we at LSL have always gone to bat for Teddy Bridgewater when the haters were out in full force during his pre-draft workouts. While NFL “analysts” like Mike Mayock were making up negatives about Teddy, we were saying simply, “watch the two-and-a-half years of game film”. Anyway, the Minnesota Vikimgs’ website reported that he broke or tied 91 franchise rookie records.
Not bad for someone with small hands and skinny knees.
As we all know, Teddy Bridgewater had an excellent first season for the Vikings. Thrust into action much earlier than he or the team expected, Bridgewater finished at the top of the class when it comes to rookie quarterbacks in the NFL this season.
When the dust settled on his first year as a pro, he ended up breaking or tying 91 (!) team records. Now of course we’re not going to pretend that all of these carry the same weight or that he’s on the road to Canton already, but rather that this list just helps reinforce Bridgewater’s stellar start and the strong foundation he’s help build for the team moving forward into 2015 and beyond.
More evidence that the Vikings love Teddy.
GM RICK SPIELMAN’S TAKE ON BRIDGEWATER’S FIRST SEASON: “You saw him go out, and you saw him, as he got more comfortable with the scheme, running a no-huddle offense, being able to make the checks at the line of scrimmage, understanding what this is all about. Every week you go out there and say, ‘Boy, did he just get better at that?’ Teddy works extremely hard. It’s very important to him. The biggest thing that people had a little bit of a knock on was, ‘Was he going to be able to lead an NFL franchise, lead those players down in that locker room?,’ and there was no question from the first day he walked in here, just in his approach and demeanor and the way he handles all the adversity, everybody to a man down in that locker room wants to play for him.”
Bridgewater, a University of Louisville product was selected 32nd overall in the 2014 NFL Draft, finished the season with the third highest completion percentage for a rookie in NFL history (64.4), behind Pittsburgh’s Ben Roethlisberger (66.4 in 2004) and Washington’s Robert Griffin III (65.7 in 2012). He ended the season with 2,919 yards, 14 touchdowns in 13 games. Bridgewater was nominated for Pepsi Rookie of the Week four times, winning the award two times.