About 48 hours or so after suffering a horrific injury to his left leg, Teddy Bridgewater is out of the hospital in Minneapolis. According to this story from Chris Tomasson of the St. Paul Pioneer Press, the surgery on Bridgewater’s knee will not happen until sometime next week at the earliest, as the swelling still has to go down before surgery can be performed.
Upon leaving the hospital, Bridgewater. . .who is said to be in good spirits. . .released a pretty powerful statement on his situation.
If you’re having difficulty with the picture for whatever reason, here is the statement in its entirety:
I want to thank the Wilf Family and the entire Vikings organization, all of my teammates, friends, Eric Sugarman and the amazing Vikings athletic training staff and the fans who have sent me messages and wished me well. Your thoughts and prayers mean a lot to me and have helped me in this difficult time. There are treat players and great leaders in our locker room who are going to fight to the end to reach the goals we set for 2016. I will be there mentally, physically and in spirit to support them accomplish those goals.
In order to have a testimony, you have to have a test. I come from amazing DNA, I watched my mom fight and win against breast cancer. We will, as a team, attack my rehab with the same vigor and energy. My faith is strong, my faith is unwavering and my vision is clear. My purpose will not be denied.
Hey, you bet against the guy. I’m damn sure not going to.
I think it’s a pretty safe bet that Bridgewater. . .under the watchful eye of Certified Athletic Trainer Eric Sugarman™. . .is going to be busting his hump the minute he’s able to get back into the locker room and out on the field with his teammates. His 2016 season might be over, but the Teddy Bridgewater Story certainly is not.
EDIT: And for just that extra special little added touch of awesome. . .
Athletes' statements are often crafted by a PR staff. Teddy Bridgewater's was not. Handed the team a handwritten draft of it.— Ben Goessling (@GoesslingESPN) September 1, 2016