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UofL confirms Bridgewater entering NFL draft

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LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - The University of Louisville confirmed quarterback Teddy Bridgewater will enter the NFL draft this year and forgo his final year of collegiate eligibility.

In a press release Wednesday, January 1, Bridgewater was quoted as saying it was a hard decision.

"After discussing all the options with my family and the coaching staff, I have decided to forgo my senior season and declare for the NFL Draft," Bridgewater said. "This was an extremely difficult decision for me. I can't express how much my time at Louisville has meant to me. These past three years have allowed me to mature as a person and leave the university as better person and with my degree in hand, which was one of my goals. I will cherish every moment on the field and off the field, and every bond that I built. I will forever represent the university with the utmost pride and respect. I want to extend a special thank you to my teammates, Tom Jurich, all the academic staff and professors, the coaching staff, support staff, students and the Cardinals' fan base.

"I didn't know much about Louisville when I made the decision to attend, but in the end, it was one of the best decisions I could have ever made."

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Bridgewater made his decision after leading his team to win the Russell Athletic Bowl in December against the Miami Hurricanes. In the game he completed 35 of 45 passes for a career-high 447 yards and three touchdowns.

The Cards have three returning quarterbacks on the roster: freshman Will Gardner (redshirt), freshman Kyle Bolin, and junior Brett Nelson.

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