MIAMI — When the Minnesota Vikings traded up to select former Louisville quarterback Teddy Bridgewater with the last pick in the first round of the 2014 NFL Draft, a dream that Bridgewater had been working for since the third grade was fulfilled.
A part of that dream also included a promise he made to his mother, Rose Murphy. He promised Rose at nine years old when he became a professional football player, he was going to buy her a pink Cadillac Escalade. He was considered one of the best quarterback prospects in the 2014 draft, so the stage was set before he was even picked Thursday night to make the promise a reality.
But why did he choose pink? Rose was diagnosed breast cancer when Teddy was a teenager, just one of many challenges that she and her family had to fight through during Teddy’s childhood.
“I just want you to walk with me,” Teddy tells Rose towards the end of the short film below, leading up to the moment where he makes good on his promise.