Prior to the Cardinals signal-caller receiving the Howard Schnellenberger MVP Award in front of a capacity crowd in the Archibald and Cochran Ballroom at the Galt House Hotel, Bridgewater visited with local media for the first time since guiding his team to victory in the Sugar Bowl.
Moments before Bridgewater arrived to the VIP reception, where he was honored and presented with a key to the city by Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer, the event's namesake, Paul Hornung, a former Heisman Trophy winner, commented that the Cardinals quarterback should be considered a frontrunner for the 2013 Heisman award.
"It's a great feeling," Bridgewater said of Hornung's remarks. "It's an honor. Something like that, coming from him, makes you feel special and want to work harder."
Here's the Q & A with Teddy Bridgewater:
On Heisman consideration:
"It's motivation to want to be great and motivation to want to be successful."
On Heisman campaign ideas:
"I joked around the [U of L sports information director] Rocco [Gasparro] the other day about the Teddy Bear campaign. I told him that in high school, we were also called the GUMP. It stood for great under major pressure. That's what people called in high school and I'm just trying to live up to that also."
On the possibility of winning a BCS Championship:
"That's going to be our main goal this year."
"The guys are eager to get back on the field to prove what we have and what we can do. We don't want to settle for just a BCS game anymore, we want the BCS Championship. That's going to be our main goal in this upcoming season.
On what a BCS title would mean for the city of Louisville:
"It would mean a lot to this city and this community. Our fans have been behind us and supported us since Coach Strong arrived. It shows their loyalty and we just want to give back to them."
On having so many Louisville fans attend the Sugar Bowl in New Orleans:
"It's a great feeling that even though you aren't playing in your home stadium, you have a large crowd there just to cheer you on. It makes it feel like a home game."
On the team remaining focused following the Sugar Bowl win:
"We just still have to continue to work hard and continue to get better. We're not going to get complacent or anything like that. We just want to continue to go out and prepare, and play like each game like we are the underdogs."
On incoming five-star wide receiver James Quick:
"I had the chance to host James Quick on his visit and we built a relationship. There were times when he would just come on campus and I would show him a good time, so we've already established a good relationship."
On what he knows about James Quick's abilities:
"I know he can fly."
On the depth at the wide receiver position:
"DeVante Parker, Damian Copeland, Eli Rogers, the addition of James Quick, Michalee Harris coming back, you know it's going to be a great season."
On what the Sugar Bowl victory meant to him:
"It meant a lot, but to me, the Sugar Bowl was over that night. We're coming back this year to prepare like we didn't even win the Sugar Bowl last year. We're going to come out and still have that hunger."
On where he wants to improve:
"I want to continue to be a leader and continue to manage the offense and try to avoid taking the sacks."
On if life has changed since the Sugar Bowl win:
"I feel like its changed. I feel like I'm getting a lot more attention and stuff like that, but I'm still the same person and that's not going to change."
On handling the increased attention:
"I'm a different type of quarterback. It's my background that I come from. My mom raised me well. She instilled some things in me that I will cherish and carry with me for the rest of my life."
On earning the Howard Schnellenberger MVP Award:
"It means a lot to be named the most valuable player of a historic rivalry. It also means a lot for this program."