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Bob Valvano on Teddy Bridgewater of Minnesota Vikings

ESPN’s Bob Valvano joined Jeff Thurn on Friday’s edition of Overtime.

Valvano hosts the Bob Valvano Show on ESPN radio, and is an ESPN college basketball analyst on television.

Valvano shares his opinion on Minnesota Vikings quarterback Teddy Bridgewater, and how he thinks he will do in the NFL? 

“Well, I will tell you a very, very quick story if you don’t mind. It doesn’t say a lot about football necessarily, but I think you understand the rest about what I will tell about him. My older son who is going to graduate from Louisville, (he has one class to make-up), he is playing on a club hockey team, and it’s competitive club hockey and play against Vanderbilt, Indiana, and brand name schools, but it’s club hockey not a varsity sport. They get some people to come to game and it’s very important to him and us. He plays and they have a Facebook page like most of the teams do, and anyway, and for the first time when he got there, they were a terrible program.  By the time he was senior, they had gotten a lot better and they played Indiana, who had a pretty good club team. They hosted them one weekend and beat them both games and if you can guess it was a pretty significant thing. But all I have to do is put on Facebook, ‘congratulations to my son, Nick.’ A momentous weekend, a couple of pictures and one of the guys who like, and I don’t know if that’s a big deal to you, and I don’t know if it is to you, but it is around you. Teddy Bridgewater took the time to put a like and isn’t that cool. Here’s a kid who is playing at biggest of schools and he took the time to put a like on a club sport page. But that’s who the guy is. At first I thought he had a PR guy doing this, but if you get to know him, he is that type of kid. He is a very earnest, likable, sincere, honest, loyal, loves his mom. You know that story of him buying her that car. That is who he is and few kids I’ve covered here that I’ve actively rooted for, and as much as you live in a city, you root for hometown teams. I broadcast Louisville basketball, as well as for ESPN. This kid I really have an emotional tie to him and you talk to Charlie Strong, who coached him, he is just everything you want in a kid as a head coach to be a leader of your team. Works extremely hard, he didn’t want them to do a high school campaign for him his senior year. Yet, when the game comes, he is not a wallflower. I hope your fans there have seen him play in Cincinnati when it was terrible, freezing cold. Against Rutgers, he was playing on one leg. The kid basically wills them to win, and then the other thing which I think the other thing you do for any great athlete is you define them by how they play in the biggest games and at a BCS game as a sophomore, he led them to that one-sided game against Florida, and in Strong’s last game, they had another big bowl win where they annihilated Miami. This kid is a winner and I hope the people up there really take to him because I can’t say enough about him. Also, this, he can throw the ball on a teacup from 40 yards. I don’t know where that came from the combines, other than he threw without gloves for the first time. I have no idea how he did that. There’s a great story they tell here, he was back at the 30-yard line and the pattern called him to throw the ball at pylon in back corner of endzone, and the receiver broke the route and the guy and then went to middle of the field and from the 30-yard line, he knocked the pylon and I was like, he literally throws it from the pylon and that was regularly and is a very accurate thrower. He’s not super big if that’s people’s concern, he’s not Ben Roethlisberger, but I think you guys are going to love him. I’m actually hoping to get to Minnesota to go to a game.”

To hear more of Thurn’s interview with Valvano, listen below:

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