Charles Johnson And Teddy Bridgewater: A Madden Feud
By Adam Carlson
Every once in a while, a story comes around that makes you see players on your favorite NFL team in a new way. That’s exactly what happened when it was discovered that some members of the team get together to socialize during the offseason. In the past, we’ve seen pictures of Vikings players at Minnesota Wild games, the Kentucky Derby and other events, but sometimes staying in is just as good as going out.
In a recent interview with Angie Avestruz on Vikings.com, Charles Johnson revealed some of the bonding that players on the Minnesota Vikings have been doing during the offseason. And one of those methods of bonding includes playing some video games.
Here is what Johnson said in the interview:
"“Me, Teddy and the receivers, we usually get together and play video games usually once a week.”"
However, sometimes video games get competitive. That’s when friendliness can go out the window and feeling can get hurt. That’s especially true when that game mirrors what the players do for a living.
"“We play Madden most of the time. Teddy beat me the last two times. I beat him the first time we played we ever played. He was kind of upset for like two weeks. So he beat me the last two times we played, so he’s up on me right now.”"
Oct 12, 2014; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Vikings quarterback Teddy Bridgewater (5) is chased by Detroit Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh (90) and defensive end George Johnson (93) during the fourth quarter at TCF Bank Stadium. The Lions defeated the Vikings 17-3. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports
The fact that Charles Johnson was able to beat Teddy Bridgewater once was amazing. As we already know, Bridgewater uses Madden to help him learn the offense by importing his playbook to the game. Because of the time that Teddy puts into the game, it would be easy to assume that he’s quite good at it.
On another note, it’s good to hear that both Johnson and Bridgewater are competitive enough to care about keeping track of wins and losses as well as get upset when they lose. But it’s also great to see the team coming together in their free time to socialize, play games and get to know each other off the football field.
Hopefully, that kind of interaction can pay off on the football field for the Minnesota Vikings during the 2015 NFL Season.
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