If there is one person with a rooting interest in Teddy Bridgewater’s return from a severe knee injury it’s former Jets and Giants coach Bill Parcells.
The Hall of Fame coach, who spends time in South Florida during the winter months, has developed a relationship with the quarterback.
“I knew him since he was in college,” Parcells told Newsday. “He’s from South Florida and that’s where we met. Just kinda stayed on it. It was an extremely severe injury and he deserves all the credit [for coming back]. I know he worked very, very hard and hopefully the surgery will allow him to continue his career. That’s what I’m hoping for.”
Bridgewater, 25, attended Northwestern High School in Miami, where he was a four-star recruit. With Parcells checking out the Florida recruits it was just a natural progression he would be introduced to Bridgewater through mutual friends.
Bridgewater didn’t attend any colleges in Florida, but went to Louisville, where he took over the starting job in the fourth game of his freshman year in 2011.
Parcells kept up with Bridgewater after he left Louisville and went to the NFL and that relationship will continue now that he’s with the Jets.
“He’s a hard-working guy and he’s a nice young man,” Parcells said. “I have a high regard for him, I wish him well.”