Initially it looked like Teddy Bridgewater's career was going to play out as "The quarterback that could've been." Now it looks like he has the potential to be one of the biggest comeback stories in sports.
The former first round pick suffered a freak injury in practice last summer on a non-contact drill that resulted in multiple torn ligaments, a dislocated his left knee, and other structural damage. The injury was so bad that it actually was described as potentially career ending.
Bridgewater has been able to battle back through recover, however, and was active for the first time in 672 days today (Sun. November 12, 2017) for the Vikings game against the Washington Redskins.
FOX was broadcasting the event and captured Bridgewater getting emotional after the National Anthem was played. His teammates came across him to offer support during the emotional time, as it's been a long and strenuous road for him.
Although Bridgewater didn't play today, the Vikings won the contest with a score of 38-30. He spoke to the media after the game and described the emotions running through him during his return (quotes via NFL.com):
"Being able to stand next to those guys on the sideline during the national anthem," Bridgewater told reporters after the game. "It all boiled up.
"I kinda screamed a little on the sideline, after I said my prayer in the end zone. I screamed a little. Then when I got on the sideline I was like, man, it's really about to happen.
"Today was a great moment for my life, my personal life. It was even a better moment for this team. We went out there. We competed and won a big game that we needed to win on the road."
There's a very strong possibility that Bridgewater could return to the starting lineup in the coming weeks, as the Vikings have suffered injuries to key weapons on their team. Quarterback Case Keenum has been playing solid in replacement of Bridgewater, but Minnesota will definitely want to see what's left in the 25-year-old.
What are your thoughts on Bridgewater finally being able to play in an NFL game again? Do you think that he'll be the same after his injury? And will he once again regain the starting position at quarterback for the Minnesota Vikings? Let us know your thoughts on the matter in the comments section below!
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