It is always strange to see the future mixing with the past, but we got to see just that at the 2014 NFLPA Rookie Premiere event this weekend. That was the case when Vikings first round draft pick Teddy Bridgewater got to meet a former star quarterback Daunte Culpepper at the event.
If you’re unfamiliar with Culpepper, here are some highlights of his career:
- Drafted #11 overall by the Vikings in 1999
- Vikings quarterback from 1999-2005
- 3 time Pro Bowl selection
- NFL passing yards leader for 2004
- 149 NFL passing touchdowns
- 24,153 NFL passing yards
- 34 rushing touchdowns
Culpepper was at the Rookie Premiere event to speak with all the rookies in attendance about how to prepare mentally to enter the NFL. While making a lot of money and being in the spotlight sounds fantastic, many people struggle with their finances and live beyond their means. Then, an injury or off-field issues can make their new lifestyle irrelevant.
But that’s not the coolest thing about that event. Seeing Daunte Culpepper with Teddy Bridgewater was something that I never really thought would happen. Although times have changed considerably since Culpepper was the signal caller for the Vikings, you know that he had some words or advice or really interesting stories to share with the rookie.
What do you think Daunte Culpepper told Teddy Bridgewater about when they were on break from the 2014 NFLPA Rookie Premiere? Do you think it was all fun stories about the football past or do you think he had some tips and tricks on how to succeed in the NFL and prepare to handle the burden of being a “franchise quarterback” for the Minnesota Vikings?