Theodore Bridgewater, usually known as Teddy Bridgewater, was born in Miami, Florida on November 10, 1992. A quarterback for the Minnesota Vikings, he was drafted in the 2014 NFL Draft, having previously played college football for the Louisville Cardinals.
For high school, Bridgewater attended Miami Northwestern, where he began playing as the football team's starting quarterback as a sophomore. As a junior, he was a 6A second team All-State pick and was an All-County selection by the Miami Herald. In his senior year, Bridgewater missed part of the season through injury, but was still able to pass for 2,606 yards and 22 touchdowns. Considered one of the top-ranked dual threat quarterbacks in the nation, he committed to play college football for the University of Louisville.
Although he began his college career as backup, he made his first start in the fourth game of the season and retained his place as a starter for the rest of the year, managing 2,129 passing yards for 14 touchdowns. He was subsequently voted Big East Conference's Rookie of the Year and multiple sources named him as a freshman All-American.
As a sophomore, Bridgewater started all but one game and led the Cardinals to the Big East Conference Championship, clinching a BCS berth. Over the regular season, he passed for 3,452 yards and 25 touchdowns, with only seven interceptions and was ranked sixth in the nation for pass completion percentage. Bridgewater went on to guide the team to victory in the 2013 Sugar Bowl, despite entering the game as underdogs. He was named as the Sugar Bowl MVP and the Big East Offensive Player of the Year.
Bridgewater continued his good form into his junior year and finished the season having passed for 3,970 yards and 31 touchdowns, with four interceptions. He was named MVP in the team's 2013 Russell Athletic Bowl victory over the Miami Hurricanes, which would be his final college game.
After deciding to forgo his senior year and enter the 2014 NFL Draft, Bridgewater was considered one of the hottest prospects available. He was projected by some sources to be the number one overall selection, but was eventually chosen in the first round by the Minnesota Vikings, as the 32nd overall pick.
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