It must have been bittersweet for Louisville Cardinals football fans to watch Teddy Bridgewater take the field in the Russell Athletic Bowl. On the one hand; Bridgewater was remarkable on such a big stage with 35 completions, 447 yards and four total touchdowns against the hapless Miami Hurricanes. However, this game also had a bit of a sting to it for Louisville fanatics as the 2014 NFL Draft is calling Bridgewater’s name and No. 5 would be a fool to pass up such a golden opportunity and risk becoming the next Matt Barkley.
With all of that being said, Bridgewater really has no reason to stay at Louisville. Sure, it would be wonderful to see the talented quarterback hoist a 2015 BCS National Championship, but the Redbirds are hardly a title-contending program at this time. Besides, the Cardinals will likely be undergoing a head coaching search this offseason considering current leader Charlie Strong has been rumored to numerous jobs throughout the country.
Needless to say, the ducks have lined up perfectly for Bridgewater, who can now bolt for the NFL without any hard feelings whatsoever. For the second straight season, No. 5 led Louisville to a major bowl victory, but 2013 is different considering Bridgewater’s monster game versus the Hurricanes should be the last of his collegiate career.