LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Teddy Bridgewater may have made up his mind about his future plans, but he is not showing his hand, just yet. "I still have one more game to play this season," Bridgewater said after practice on Friday.
He added, "at the beginning of the season I knew that I would have a decision to make once the season was over, I just wanted to make it through this season first and then take care of what's down the road."
Bridgewater figures to suit up in his final game as a Card in the Russell Athletic Bowl. The Cards play Miami, a school Teddy committed to when he was in high school.
"My first reaction was just wow! You know you get to play against your hometown school, that'll be two years in a row that your playing against two schools that you grew up rooting for, and you know it's, I'm pretty pumped about it. It's something that you always dream of as a kid. You usually dream of making the big play for your hometown school, but now it's, you dream about making the big play against your hometown school, so it's all just a wow factor."
A preseason frontrunner for the Heisman Trophy, Bridgewater was not among the six finalists invited to New York for the award presentation.
"Looking back it, you know it did bother me," he said. "Because you know early in the season I said that I wanted no part in the Heisman and the main reason I said that is not because I'm afraid to compete or anything, but because, all my life I have learned to sacrifice personal glory for team success and team glory. Whether it was when I was in high school playing ball and I had to stop to take care of my mom or to take care of my family, or now with the Heisman, sacrificing my personal glory for the team, I think everyone just misunderstood my message that I was trying to send. I was pretty disappointed because I felt that once we lost one game during the season everyone just counted us out."
The latest ESPN NFL draft projections have Bridgewater, who graduated from UofL on December 19, as the #1 pick in the 2014 draft.
"That was a great feeling because you know that you've been sacrificing your whole life and grinding your whole life to have everyone talking about you, and to hear that, it was just like wow, it's really happening," he said.
The Cards leave on Sunday, December 22 for Orlando. The Russell Athletic Bowl kicks off at 6:45 p.m. on Saturday, December 28 Orlando, Florida.
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