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Quarterback Teddy Bridgewater said recently he'd like to be like predecessor Brett Favre, who played the 2009-10 seasons for the Vikings and led Minnesota to the NFC title game after his first season with the Vikings.
Bridgewater was answering questions submitted by the Pioneer Press in conjunction with his selection as the Pepsi NFL Rookie of the Year.
"If I could be like any other quarterback that played in the National Football League, I would have to say Brett Favre is the guy," Bridgewater said. "Besides the injuries and the hits and everything, he had a pretty successful career. He's a hall of famer for sure, multiple Super Bowls, and that's something that I look forward to doing.
"Hopefully, I can win more Super Bowls (than Favre)."
It's somewhat fitting the topic game up because of the award, given Pepsi's use of "generation" in its slogans over the years that Bridgewater opted for a throwback not too far gone.
Bridgewater was born in 1992, Favre's first year as a starter in Green Bay that followed essentially a redshirt year with the Atlanta Falcons in which he was 0-for-4 passing. Bridgewater was elevated to starter in Week 4 after Matt Cassel suffered a season-ending foot injury in Week 3. He started 12 games and posted stats that were similar to Favre's first with the Packers:
Bridgewater has an admiration of Favre's toughness and competitive spirit and said he wants to be known as a quarterback instead of a celebrity.
"I hate to consider myself a celebrity," Bridgewater said. "I'm still a quarterback in the National Football League. I shy away from celebrity status because I don't want to be known as that guy. But I had a chance to partake in the events and the festivities of the Kentucky Derby, and that was a huge honor."
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