CRAWFORD | Bridgewater says a final 'thank you' to U of L in stu - WDRB 41 Louisville News

CRAWFORD | Bridgewater says a final 'thank you' to U of L in student paper

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Full page view of Teddy Bridgewater's ad in The Louisville Cardinal newspaper. Click on image to enlarge. Eric Crawford photo. Full page view of Teddy Bridgewater's ad in The Louisville Cardinal newspaper. Click on image to enlarge. Eric Crawford photo.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- University of Louisville students and others at the school had a surprise greeting of gratitude waiting for them when they picked up the semester's first issue of The Louisville Cardinal student newspaper.

Teddy Bridgewater took out the entire back page to say one last "thank you." The gesture even came as a surprise to some staffers at The Cardinal.

Simon Isham, the newspaper's editor, said the ad was placed at Bridgewater's request by Tom West, the Minnesota Vikings assistant director of public relations. The cost was about $1,500. The Vikings did the layout on the ad, which reads, "Thank you Louisville Cardinals family, fans and community for the love you showed me over the years. Best of luck to the 2014 team and beyond. Louisville first - Cards forever."

Under that, was Bridgewater's signature, a little bit of irony, since he found himself involved in a minor flap over players signing autographs before his junior year, which prompted the cancellation of at least one autograph session.

"It was absolutely out of the blue," Isham said. "We had no idea it was going to happen until it was basically already on the page. But we're happy Teddy remains Cardinal Proud and are honored that he chose our publication to spread the message."

Bridgewater, who has been named the Vikings' backup QB, will play his final exhibition game of the season close by, in Nashville Thursday night against the Tennessee Titans.

He's always been complimentary of the city, and of his experience at U of L and playing for then-Cardinals coach Charlie Strong.

"I owe a lot to Louisville, for all the support people gave me," he said after the Cardinals' victory over Miami in the Russell Athletic Bowl. "It was a real stroke of luck that I came to be here, playing for Coach Strong, who has meant so much to me and mentored me into the player I am today. I tried to give everything I had for our fans and our university. I got a great education, and my degree. I'll always be grateful."

He wasn't kidding.

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