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Bridgewater Appreciative of 'Tremendous Honor'

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Teddy Bridgewater's play in his first pro season earned him selection to the 2014 Pro Football Writers of America's All-Rookie team, but the quarterback said the "tremendous honor" should be shared with his Vikings teammates.

"I give all my credit and all of our team credit to the guys in that locker room with me," Bridgewater said. "They're a great group of men on this team and they all make each other better whether it's on the football field or off the football field. Those guys deserve the credit."

Bridgewater set a total of 91 franchise records in 2014, including starts (12), wins (six), completion percentage (64.4) and passer rating (85.2) by a rookie.

Giants receiver Odell Beckham Jr. was named by the PFWA as the 2014 Rookie of the Year and 2014 Offensive Rookie of the Year. Rams defensive tackle Aaron Donald was named 2014 Defensive Rookie of the Year.

Bridgewater said the honor also had significance because of the group of guys in the rookie class.

"Odell Beckham and Jeremy Hill are two guys I was able to establish a relationship with prior to the draft, and even dating back to recruiting days in high school," Bridgewater said. "I look forward to continue playing amongst those guys."

Bridgewater, Beckham, Hill of the Bengals (one of two running backs on the PFWA team), Buccaneers receiver Mike Evans and Bills receiver Sammy Watkins are the finalists for the Pepsi NFL Rookie of the Year, which will be decided by fan votes that are collected through Jan. 29 (click here to vote for Bridgewater). The winner will be announced at the fourth annual NFL Honors show that will be held in Arizona on the eve of Super Bowl XLIX.

Bridgewater attended Super Bowl festivities in New York/New Jersey last year in the lead up to the NFL Draft and said he is looking forward to the experience this year.

In the meantime, however, he's been appreciating the opportunity to spend some time resting and visiting family, friends, former teachers and classmates in Miami.

The consolation of being home during the playoffs, he said, has been the home-cooked meals like the one he enjoyed Sunday at his mother's house.

"I'd rather be playing this time of year, but just had to watch the games from home," said Bridgewater, who didn't have a prediction for the Super Bowl. "I'm just a fan of great football, and during the playoffs is when teams are playing their best, and the games have been pretty exciting so far."

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