Everyone wants a humble quarterback. A quarterback that stays out of the news, gets his schoolwork done and works harder than anyone else in the film room and on the field.
It would seem that Louisville Cardinals quarterback Teddy Bridgewater wants to be that quarterback. After leading the Cardinals to an improbable 33-23 win over the Florida Gators in the 2013 Allstate Sugar Bowl and an 11-2 record in 2012, Bridgewater is an early favorite (12-1 odds on Bovada) to win the Heisman this fall, alongside Johnny Manziel, Braxton Miller and Jadaveon Clowney.
Recently Bridgewater told WDRB Louisville’s Eric Crawford, “The Heisman isn’t a goal of mine. A team effort, a national championship, a BCS game, those are our goals.”
His desire to stay out of the media is an honorable one. Ironically enough it seems that his comments have put him more front and center than he would have liked (unless he’s playing some sort of Jedi mind trick on all of us). It’s nice to see a quarterback understand that in order to truly minimize distractions in the locker room, you have to stay out from in front of the cameras.
By asking that people don’t campaign on his behalf, Bridgewater is showing that he has a team-first mentality and that he believes any campaigning would only serve to distract from Louisville’s ultimate goals, a national championship. However, running from a Heisman campaign doesn’t mean people will listen. Take Johnny Football for example. He didn’t have an official Heisman campaign last year, but after taking the SEC by storm he whipped up the Aggie faithful into such a frenzy that he’s now forced to take all of his classes online.
Oh, and he won the Heisman, too.
Bridgewater’s effort to avoid the media hype is an admirable one and the best route to take, but it seems like it’s already backfiring on the budding star.
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