Teddy Bridgewater autographs are coming to Panini America. The company has signed the former Louisville quarterback to an autograph trading card agreement that will include Bridgewater’s first NFL-licensed Rookie Cards and autographed trading cards.
Bridgewater, a projected high first-round pick in May’s 2014 NFL Draft, is one of several key players expected to spearhead what could be a solid NFL Draft class. Bridgewater’s first NFL Rookie Cards and autographed cards will arrive in the June release of Panini America’s 2014 Score Football.
“Fans and collectors are eagerly anticipating the 2014 NFL Draft Class and Teddy Bridgewater is a big reason why,” said Panini America CEO Mark Warsop. “Rookie Cards drive the trading card industry every year and, as a result, 2014 is shaping up to be a spectacular season for sales of Panini America NFL trading cards. We’re excited about our relationship with Teddy and what that partnership will mean for our business.”
During a spectacular three-year career at Louisville, Bridgewater passed for more than 9,800 yards and 72 touchdowns. He was named the Big East Rookie of the Year in 2011 and the Big East Offensive Player of the Year in 2012. In the 2013 Sugar Bowl, Bridgewater passed for 266 yards and two touchdowns en route to a 33-23 upset victory over Florida and game MVP honors.
“As a kid growing up, having your own NFL Rookie Card is always something you dream about. Now, thanks to my relationship with Panini America, that dream is about to come true. I can’t wait to see them and have kids collect my cards,” said Bridgewater.
He already appears on several other pre-draft rookie cards from other card manufacturers, some with autographs.