LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - A University of Louisville football player continues to be talked about as one of the top picks in the NFL draft and possibly #1 if the Houston Texans have get their way. But Thursday night, it was all about getting a degree for Cardinal Quarterback Teddy Bridgewater.
The young talent picked up his diploma with several teammates and about 800 other University of Louisville graduates at the KFC Yum! Center. The fact that several of the football players made the walk across the stage put a big smile on the face of Head UofL Football Coach Charlie Strong.
Strong said he told his players, "You're going to get a degree and you're going to go to class and you're going to represent this university in the right way."
When Bridgewater's name was called the crowd erupted in cheers. Bridgewater, who's a junior, worked hard to get his sports administration degree early, which certainly would set up an exit for the 2014 NFL draft. He said, "I just had a plan that you know, go to college early and graduate as soon as possible and December comes before May so this is why," he smiled.
But Bridgewater didn't want to talk about his next move, just his current accomplishment. "It's very important," he said, "For one, I'm the first in my family to graduate from college so it's just a huge milestone not only for me, but for my family."
Him and his teammates, like Card's linebacker and NFL prospect Preston Brown, are now realizing and cherishing their days as college students.
"The other night," Bridgewater said, "I was just thinking about it, how fast time goes and two and a half years flew by, it felt like just yesterday I just enrolled at the University of Louisville."
Strong said, "We've got 19 guys and of that 19, 16 will be playing at a bowl game with a degree in their hand, but all our kids understand you have no choice, you are going to get a degree."
We are told Bridgewater's mom Rose was in the huge crowd at the KFC Yum! Center to see her son graduate. No matter when he leaves the University, Card fans have loved every minute of having him there.