Teddy Bridgewater is predicted by many to be the first pick in the 2014 NFL Draft.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) – University of Louisville football quarterback Teddy Bridgewater thanked his teammates and fans on Twitter Wednesday afternoon after he announced that he will forgo his senior season as a Cardinal to enter the 2014 NFL Draft. He is expected by many to be the top overall pick.
Bridgewater posted this message on Twitter, shortly after 2 p.m.:
"Tim (sic) flies when you're having fun. Thankful for the many relationships formed and the many lessons learned over these past 3 years. #L1C4."
Bridgewater's message to U of L backup quarterback Will Gardner was simple: "Thank man. Now it's your turn! #DoWork."
Louisville confirmed the decision in a release, which included these quotes from Bridgewater:
"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. 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 a 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."
The news is not surprising. NFL scouts visited Papa John's Cardinal Stadium in large numbers this season to watch Bridgewater, who is expected by many to be the first pick in the draft by the Houston Texans. The Texans have just hired former Penn State coach Bill O'Brien, who is known for his work with quarterbacks.
Bridgewater led the Cardinals to 23 victories the last two seasons and smashing bowl victories over Florida in the Sugar Bowl and Miami in the Russell Athletic Bowl. He set a school record by throwing 31 touchdown passes this season.