May 31, 2014; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Minnesota Vikings quarterback Teddy Bridgewater during the 2014 NFLPA Rookie Premiere at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

Teddy Bridgewater Met Daunte Culpepper This Weekend


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.

Teddy Bridgewater and Daunte Culpepper at the NFLPA Rookie Premiere

Teddy Bridgewater and Daunte Culpepper at the NFLPA Rookie Premiere

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?

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  • holymomentumbatman#84

    About 40% of those passing yards, and about 90 or so touchdown passes thrown by Culpepper were to Randy “the freak” Moss, one of the biggest factors in the determining Culpepper a Pro-Bowler. Not saying the ONLY reason, just one of the bigger ones. Cordarrelle Patterson, AKA CflashP, is the closest thing we have to a Randy Moss, and the gap between the two is growing smaller, but the present #84 has a ways to go before he can get to Moss’ level. I believe he can get REALLY, REALLY CLOSE, if not all the way. Still early, and still, a work in progress. I think, though, if there is a distinct possibility for CP to become the icon that Moss was, Norv Turner may be the guy to get him there. And all of the encouraging news that keeps flowing out of Vikings camp about how Teddy is coming along…well, in a season or two perhaps, I’d sure love to see that 1998 offensive scoring record, ( 556 points ) broken. I know…it was Randall Cunningham at QB that year, and he not only had Moss, but Cris Carter, too. Even with Cordarelle, you gotta admit, there isn’t a Cris Carter on the Viking squad as of yet, but, indeed. high hopes remain for 2014…AND beyond. CAN’T WAIT for the season to start! SKOL VIKINGS!!

    • Jake

      CFlashP?? No dude, no.

    • oneninenine

      Wait, you mean QBs don’t throw all those yards? That WRs actually run and create yards after the catch? Someone tell Peyton Manning to reduce his career yardage count by 95%.

    • Daniel Laxen

      Making a comparison like that isn’t really credible, dude. Moss is a surefire 1st ballot HoFer and quite possibly the best 9 route runner EVER…Patterson has completed his rookie season and could be a very good WR, but comparing him to Moss is ridiculous at this point…

  • Robert L

    I will never get the notion that Randy Moss “made Daunte Culpepper” yes, Moss definitely helped out his career, but Moss is hardly the only reason Culpepper was any good. Culpeppers best year, 2004, you take away Moss’ receiving yards from that season and Culpepper still threw for almost 4,000 yards. You take away his receiving TDs that year, Culpepper still threw for 26 TDs. Also, Moss didn’t make Culpepper rush for all those yards he did or score all those rushing TDs that he scored.. hell, I remember some players being scared to even try to tackle him! Lol. Of course those 4485929385 fumbles he had was beyond frustrating, but Culpepper was still a hell of a QB! It’s sad that one knee injury completely ruined the rest of his career because if he had played 5,6,7 more seasons with the Vikings, no one would be doubting that he was one of the top 3 QBs to ever play for the Vikings. Miss watching him play!

  • Jack Hoffman

    Hopefully Dante doesn’t infect Teddy with his “Fumbleitus”…..

    • Ken Tomlin

      Or the Love Boat syndrome! Lol! JK!! I loved watching Culpepper play. He was one of the best QB’s the Vikings ever had. Yes he fumbled a lot, and had some bad games, but what QB doesn’t. As far as the Moss/Patterson debate, we’ll have to wait and see. Moss had Billick/Cunningham/Johnson/Culpepper and Linehan. Patterson has only had Musgrave/Ponder/Cassel so far. No comparison if you ask me?!

      • holymomentumbatman#84

        Yup. Patterson had Musgrave, but now has Norv Turner. Under Musgrave, CP was targeted 78 times by the Cassel/Ponder duo, caught 45 of their “attempts” for almost 500 yards. Not really too bad for Cassel/Ponder throws to a rook. Patterson also had nearly 1400 kickoff return yards, and a 32.4 yard avg. Oh, yeah, and he broke an all time NFL record, and went to the Pro-Bowl. Under Musgrave, that is. Turner said something weeks ago about having a dozen or so plays already designed around Cordarelle. Ya think all of those plays were drawn up for only Cassel & Ponder? We’ve HEARD that Cassel’s been taking all of the 1st team reps, but we also heard Rick Spielman say “Percy isn’t going anywhere”. I’ll betcha some of those NT ideas have Bridgewater under center, because some of those practice reps weren’t with Cassel OR Ponder. Patterson/Bridgewater success and chemistry, you can bank, is being practiced and preached in camp, and has been since OTA’s. I’m sure #84 and #5 talk to each other, will continue to, and I see them becoming friends. Neither has a true case of big head. Neither is one of those “me, me, me all the time players. Minnesota doesn’t have any players like that. TB will get a chance to start before season’s end. I see it coming sooner rather than later, because of Teddy’s up

  • holymomentumbatman#84

    Never sad that Moss was the ONLY reason Culpepper was any good, just that he was a big factor. And he was. All of your statements may be true, but I stand by mine, and will not waver from it.

  • Todd Robinson

    It is true that Moss was not solely responsible for Culpeper’s success. However, the respect defenses gave Randy certainly helped open-up others and helped the running game. Even the great Chris Carter, benefitted from Moss’ ability to stretch the field vertically. Moss made Denny G. look like an offensive genius. Maybe the greatest athlete to ever play the game!