After Sunday’s game against the Washington Redskins, Minnesota Vikings rookie quarterback Teddy Bridgewater got the opportunity to meet another young quarterback playing in the NFL, Robert Griffin III.
Griffin has played in two more seasons than Bridgewater and, like Bridgewater, started for his team early in his rookie campaign. After being drafted second overall, he started in 15 regular season games for the Redskins and one playoff game. He then started in 13 games in 2013, and after Sunday three in 2014.
Even though Griffin is a young player, there is still a lot that a player like Bridgewater can learn from him. Griffin has already had a lot of highs – he was named the rookie of the year and made the playoffs in his rookie season – and lows in his career – he has suffered injuries and had former Redskins quarterback Joe Theismann saying that his backup, Kirk Cousins, outperformed him during the offseason.
Through all of it, Griffin has been able to stay positive and keep his head up, and that is something that Bridgewater can look at and learn from as another young quarterback in the NFL. It’s clear Bridgewater already has respect for Griffin.
“It’s very cool,” Bridgewater said about playing against Griffin on Sunday. “Especially you talk about Robert Griffin III, a guy who has won the Heisman Trophy on the college level, he was able to take the league by storm his rookie year and unfortunately for him he’s been battling some injuries over the past couple years. It was just great seeing him back out there.”
Even though the Vikings won the game, which was close throughout, and in some ways Bridgewater (26-for-42, 268 yards and one touchdown) outperformed Griffin (18-for-28, 251 yards, one touchdown, one interception), Griffin still took time to talk with Bridgewater and try to give him some helpful advice.
“He told me to just continue to have fun,” Bridgewater said. “Enjoy this ride, take command of this team and just do my best throughout the course of the year.
“He just told me to continue being a great ambassador for this league – and hats off to him, he’s a great ambassador for this league. He told me to continue to ride the wave, continue to just play great football throughout the course of the year.”
With the two quarterbacks having so many similarities between them – both being highly regarded out of college, both being drafted in the first round – its no wonder why Bridgewater thinks so highly of Griffin.
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