Minnesota Vikings fans are a diverse group, and some of them are big fans of all things football.
The team’s newest addition, quarterback Teddy Bridgewater, has been a fan of the game since he was a child.
“It’s just a natural progression, and I’m very much enjoying it,” he told ESPN’s Josina Anderson.
He even attended a Vikings game last season, even though he was still a rookie.
Bridgewater, a native of Germany, had to sit out the season after injuring his knee in the NFC Championship Game.
After missing the season with a torn ACL, he is now back and preparing for the 2016 season.
This season, Bridgewater is playing on a six-game suspension for violating the league’s substance abuse policy.
The Vikings have drafted Bridgewater twice in the first round, with his second choice going to New England.
His first choice went to New York in 2016, and his second, San Francisco, went to Chicago in 2018.
In his first season in Minnesota, Bridgewater went 10-5 with a 2.85 yards per attempt average.
As he enters his age-27 season, he has made strides in his career.
Last season, after suffering a knee injury, Bridgewater threw for 3,897 yards and 30 touchdowns with 11 interceptions.
While he has struggled with drops in 2016 (he’s currently tied for 10th in the league), Bridgewater has thrown for more touchdowns (19) than interceptions (14).
His 6.1 yards per completion average is second best in the NFL behind only Aaron Rodgers (7.9).
Bryant was also named MVP of the NFC Wild Card game.
During the game, Bridgewater scored his fourth touchdown of the season and became the first player in NFL history to reach 500 yards rushing.
On the road against the Cowboys, Bridgewater ran for 159 yards and four touchdowns, while catching three passes for 35 yards.
But the best part of the win was that the Vikings scored seven touchdowns on the road and did it while being down by three points.
Their first touchdown came on the first play of the second half when Bridgewater caught a 12-yard pass in the end zone to put the Vikings up 6-0.
Minnesota won their next two games before falling to the Packers in the divisional round.
Despite the playoff loss, Bridgewater’s rookie year has not been an unmitigated disaster.
When Bridgewater returned to action last year, he threw for 5,973 yards and 41 touchdowns, making him the best quarterback in the country.
According to Pro Football Focus, he ranked fourth in the National Football League in completions per game, sixth in passing touchdowns and tied for fourth in passing yards per game.