From his sideline camera operation, locker room celebration, and the integration of “bike life” into the New Orleans Choppa Style anthem to the “Ted-dy” chants in the dome, biking to work with fans, and leading the Saints to a 5-0 record without Drew Brees, Teddy Bridgewater is a loved and cherished figure in New Orleans. And it was clear that Teddy cherish his time in the Big Easy as well.
Many may have hoped for the Saints to find a way to hold on to the 27 year-old quarterback to be the future in New Orleans. But now was simply Bridgewater’s time to lead his own team. After a catastrophic injury ahead of the 2016 season, Bridgewater fought his way back with a resilience that the state of Louisiana knows all-too-well.
Unfortunately for the Who Dat Nation, the former Louisville Cardinal not only ended up with a new team for 2020, he ended up with an NFC South rival on top of that.
Now the “rivalry” with Carolina is much lighter than that of Carolina and the growing distain for Tampa Bay after they have put together a 2015 super-squad. But they are still NFC South opponents and therefore rivals, even if not the bitterest.
Last week, a photo of Bridgewater in the Carolina blue (one of the NFL’s best colors) was posted by the Panthers’ social media team. Under the photo you can find a host of Saints fans sharing simultaneously their disappointment to see him in anything other than the black and gold and an appreciation for his time and connection to the city of New Orleans.
It doesn’t stop there. You can find Vikings fans and Jets fans along with the Who Dats expressing their desire for Teddy to succeed regardless of fandom and team affiliation.
It’s a remarkable and defining moment to skim through replies, quote tweets, and individual posts to see a single NFL player so beloved by fanbases across the league. And while it is special, so is Bridgewater. So it comes with little surprise to see it. Teddy’s perseverance, engaging qualities, and willingness to give back to and interact with fans on a meaningful and deeply connected level isn’t something you see every day from an NFL star.
Teddy Bridgewater’s reputation is unique and deservedly so. I know I will more than certainly be rooting for him throughout the 2020 season with only at most three exceptions should the two teams happen to make for another three-game series on a playoff matchup. And honestly, even if they do beat the Saints once, there will still be a shred of me below the disappointment that will say, “Good for Teddy.”
Even though the Panthers look primed to struggle this season, Saints fan and NFL fans will be pulling for him week in and week out.
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