Broncos' Teddy Bridgewater: I almost had to have my leg amputated


Broncos' Teddy Bridgewater: I almost had to have my leg amputated

The Denver Broncos practiced at the Minnesota Vikings' suburban Minneapolis complex and some fans came to cheer for former Vikings quarterback. Bridgewater, who hasn't played for the Vikings since 2017, suffered a major knee injury and in the last two of his four years with the Vikings he was trying to figure out if he could still play the game.

Four years later, Bridgewater is a Bronco and some fans came wearing his Viking jersey. "Feeling real emotional coming out of the weight room, just did like 5,000 crunches, man," Bridgewater joked after a post-practice workout, per ESPN.

"No, it's great being back here. ... It was cool to see. I saw a couple small children wearing No. 5 jerseys, and it was pretty cool to see." After suffering the major knee injury -- in the next two season -- Bridgewater played in only one game for a total of nine snaps.

"I've found myself thinking about it more lately than I have in the past," Bridgewater said on Wednesday. "Just about the day I was injured and up until this point. Because I use it as motivation now. Before I used to just brush it off like, man, it happened, keep going.

Now it's just like, man, here I am where I could have been counted out. I almost had to have my leg amputated and things like that, and it's like when I wake up in the morning I'm blessed. I get an opportunity to put my feet on the ground and go out here and play football, a game that I love to play.

So I have so much fun playing this game now, more fun than I ever have, the more that I think what I went through here."

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"I've really enjoyed spending time with Teddy," Lock said after Wednesday's practice.

He added: "He's always willing to help, always got a smile on his face. ... He's just a fun, energetic guy to be around." Bridgewater described himself as a survivor. "Biggest takeaway from my spots is, I learned that I'm a survivor," Bridgewater said.

"No matter the circumstance, no matter the situation, how are you gonna survive? You can lay down and be eaten alive or survive and keep hunting. That's been my mindset." He added: "[Vikings fans] welcomed a boy who became a man, and they were so genuine here and I appreciate that, still to this day. Think that's all it is, the people here, Minnesota nice, I just appreciate the support I still get."