Teddy Bridgewater’s comeback has been nothing short of sensational.
The Jets QB has been outstanding this preseason after coming back from one of the most brutal knee injuries seen in recent times in the NFL.
He’s been the feel good story of this offseason and he finally looks to be back to his best after two years out of the game.
His brilliant play has sent out a stark reminder to the rest of the league that he was a quarterback on the rise when is injury happened back in August 2016, fresh off leading the Vikings to the playoffs and earning a Pro Bowl berth in just his second year as a Pro.
Everyone knew his ACL injury was bad but his doctor, Dr. Dan Cooper, has revealed that the injury was actually one of the worst he’s ever seen.
Speaking to ESPN, Dr. Cooper described in detail just how serious the injury was and it makes Bridgewater’s comeback seem all the more remarkable.
“It was just a horribly grotesque injury,” Cooper said.
“It’s mangled,” the renowned knee surgeon added. “You make the skin incision, and there’s nothing there. It’s almost like a war wound. Everything is blown.”
Cooper performed two separate surgeries on the 25-year-old signal caller’s knee and admits it may have been the worst knee injury he’s ever dealt with.
“But it’s certainly the worst knee dislocation in sports I’ve ever seen without having a nerve or vessel injury,” Cooper said. “It’s an injury that about 20-25 percent of NFL players are able to come back from. … It’s a horrific injury. You’ve torn every single thing in your knee and it’s hanging on by one ligament on one side like a hinge.”
That just sounds brutal, and it goes to show just how far Bridgewater has come in the two years he’s been absent from the NFL.
“This surgery was an absolute gut test, a test of what you’re made of, and I’ve seen it break people down. I never saw it break Teddy down. … Most people have no idea the volume of the workload this kid had to put in. He had a toothpick of a leg he had to rebuild.” Cooper said of Bridgewater’s mental fortitude and toughness.
“His inner resolve kept him from being defeated on a daily basis for a year and a half.”
His comeback is frankly awe-inspiring.
It’s a true tale of immense determination and will power and you can’t help but want him to achieve everything possible in the game because of it.
All the odds were stacked against him, and he’s pulled through to this point where he’s garnering huge attention around the league for the level of his play.
Teddy Bridgewater looks like a franchise quarterback again, and he deserves every iota of success that comes his way after coming back from one of the most devastating injuries a sportsman can suffer.
Whether he remains with the Jets or not, he has a long future in this league, and that’s more than he could’ve ever wish for just a short 18 months ago.