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11 Months After Devastating Injury Bridgewater Appreciative of the Little Things

For Vikings quarterback Teddy Bridgewater his season ending knee injury last August seems like a lifetime ago ‘It’s been so long I don’t even remember” Bridgewater said when asked what happened that day at Winter Park in Eden Prairie Minnesota.

The quarterback met with the media for the first time since the injury that cost him his 2016 season and he opened up about how that injury has affected him personally. “It made me very appreciative to life you never know when something can be taken from you in the blink of an eye it just made me appreciate the small things in life” Said Bridgewater “whether it was learning how to walk again putting your pants on just the little things you have to appreciate and I’m very appreciative”.

It was quite obvious to everyone that the injury, suffered in a non-contact play, was significant but the severity of the injury was made clear when Bridgewater was asked if the possibility of losing his leg was ever a possibility. “Probably I don’t know. I just know that I was in the back of a truck and Sugs (Head Athletic Trainer Eric Sugarman) was in the back with me and we had a conversation and I’m pretty sure both of us were pretty nervous about that conversation” said Bridgewater “I'm just glad everyone acted in a timely matter and saved my leg if that’s what you would call it”

Bridgewater has been making a fairly remarkable recovery from the injury that many thought might end his career but for him it was just a matter of faith and those around him. “I’ve always had faith and faith has gotten me this far and it’s going to continue to take me even further” said Bridgewater when asked if he ever thought his career was done after the injury. He also mentioned how his mother Rose’s battle with cancer helped him fight to get back on the field “I’ve had an experience with having to fight watching my mom battle breast cancer” said Bridgewater “I come from amazing DNA where we’re fighters”

Even with the recovery process 11 months in at this point Bridgewater was still places on the physically unable to perform (PUP) list but even that is viewed as a positive by the 24-year-old. “The good thing is it just gives me more time to get healthy”. The very same trainers that helped potentially save his career and leg last year are now helping him on the recovery path. “We have a great training staff here and they’re going to push me and I’m going to push them…we are going to take it one day at a time”.

Not playing football in 2016 was the toughest part of the injury for Bridgewater. “I eat sleep breath football” said Bridgewater, “when I’m on the sidelines having to watch those guys it does something to you in a good way to motivate you”.

And in terms of his long-term future in football and specifically with the Vikings Bridgewater, who is in the last year of his contract, the quarterback was happy just to be able to play the game he loves. “I just want to continue to play football at the end of the day like I said it was taken away from me 11 months ago so to even be having this conversation about continuing to play football that continues to motivate me”

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