Teddy Bridgewater: ‘For two years, I knew that I was fine’
By Adam Patrick
The former Minnesota Vikings quarterback recently spoke about what was going through his mind when he suffered his severe knee injury two years ago.
It was about this time two years ago when Teddy Bridgewater was participating in his third training camp with the Minnesota Vikings. Little did Bridgewater know that his life was about to change a few weeks later.
During a Vikings practice in August 2016, the quarterback suffered a gruesome injury to his left knee that resulted in him being rushed to a nearby hospital. Due to the injury, Bridgewater has not started under center in an NFL game since Minnesota’s 2015 playoff matchup against the Seattle Seahawks.
The quarterback is no longer with the Vikings this season and he is now a member of the New York Jets. In a recent video from the Jets’ team website, Bridgewater talked about what was going through his mind after he went down on Minnesota’s practice field two years ago.
"“I didn’t question when I got hurt, not one time. A lot of people don’t believe me, but not one time. Right then and there, I may have been injured, but I was thinking about the bigger picture. I knew that I was going to come back. I knew that this was just going to add to the story.I knew that when I was on that ground, I was fine. And for two years, I knew that I was fine. I knew that, man, my time is coming.”"
It’s unfortunate that Bridgewater’s injury came at a time when some believed he was heading into a breakout season. But the quarterback is getting a second chance with the Jets now and he is reportedly impressing his new team.
Bridgewater is currently competing to be New York’s Week 1 starter with Josh McCown an rookie Sam Darnold (who still remains unsigned). Some who cover the Jets believe the former Vikings quarterback has a very good chance to win the job.
If not for his injury two years ago, Bridgewater could still be among the Minnesota veterans checking into training camp at the TCO Performance Center on Friday.
But he won’t be and all thats left for Vikings fans is to think about what could have been with the young quarterback and their favorite team.