5 best Minnesota Vikings quarterbacks of the 21st century

(Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images) Daunte Culpepper
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(Photo by Daniel Shirey/Getty Images) Teddy Bridgewater
(Photo by Daniel Shirey/Getty Images) Teddy Bridgewater /

4. Teddy Bridgewater (2014 – 2017)

Everything seemed to be falling in place for Bridgewater and the Vikings. After helping Minnesota reach the playoffs in his first full season as a starter in 2015, the quarterback seemed poised for bigger and better things in 2016.

But then the Vikings’ unnamed curse struck again and Bridgewater suffered a freakish knee injury prior to the 2016 season. He has not started in an NFL game since the Minnesota’s playoff matchup against the Seattle Seahawks in 2015.

Bridgewater’s injury was a big-time gut-punch to the quarterback and the Vikings. Minnesota truly believed he had the potential to develop into the team’s next great passer.

During the time he was actually on the field for the Vikings, Bridgewater showed flashes of his potential greatness on numerous occasions. In 28 career starts for Minnesota, the quarterback completed 64.7 percent of his throws for 6,150 yards, 28 touchdowns, and 22 interceptions. Bridgewater ran for 401 yards and four touchdowns during these games as well.

Some people like to brush aside any notion of him being a good quarterback due to his statistics not being at a Hall of Fame level. However, there is no denying that Bridgewater made the Vikings a better team whenever he was on the field.