Teddy Bridgewater’s comeback from a career threatening knee injury is almost complete.
It’s one of the feel good stories of the offseason after the former Vikings QB joined the Jets and is actively competing for a starting job after seriously facing never playing the game again a little over two years ago.
The former first round pick out of Louisville has missed the past two seasons due to the gruesome injury he suffered in the build up to the 2016 campaign, and it’s just great to see him back in a training camp and by all means impressing.
Bridgewater will likely move on from New York, with number two overall pick Sam Darnold looking set to take the starting job come week one, but he doesn’t seem to mind that, nor will he be without suitors if and when he does become available.
All he’s worried about at this stage though, is playing in whatever fashion that may be.
Right now, I’m doing everything I dreamed of doing — and that’s waking up and continuing to play football,” he said, via ESPN’s Rich Cimini. “It’s a wonderful feeling. It gives me chills right now to think about it, knowing how the previous two years were.”
It’s a touching sentiment from a man who was facing life without the game he so loves, and shows that it is more than just money to a lot of the guys that strap them up every week and put their bodies on the line to play the game they love.
Bridgewater will split snaps with Darnold in the Jets opening preseason game this week, and he seems hyped about getting into a real game and even taking some hits!
“I’m looking forward to these upcoming preseason games, just getting out there and having fun, playing football again,” Bridgewater said, per the New York Post. “I look forward to every day. Some people might say, ‘It’s training camp, the grind of things, can’t wait to get to the regular season. Things will be easier.’ But I look forward to it. Embrace the grind because it was once taken from me.”
Sure, he probably won’t be in the Jets long term plans, but the fact he’s even on the field and in the conversation to play is a huge triumph for him.
It’s so good to see him back and enjoying football again, and everyone in the league will certainly be hoping he gets his chance once more to show what he can do as a starting QB, wherever and whenever that may be.