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Get to know new quarterback Teddy Bridgewater


The Panthers on Wednesday announced they have signed quarterback Teddy Bridgewater, who last year led the Saints to five straight wins while filling in for an injured Drew Brees.

Before Bridgewater arrives in Carolina, get to know the new Panthers' newest quarterback.

The "Supa Strut"

During the Saints' bye in Week 9 last year, Bridgewater returned home to check out a game at his alma mater, Miami Northwestern High School. While he was there, he joined in with the dance team's "Supa Strut" and the video went viral:

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Teddy B strolling into Carolina (via @supa_blackgirl)

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On top of being known for its football program, which was dubbed "National Champions" during Bridgewater's freshman year, Miami Northwestern's performing and visual arts programs are heralded, too.

Little Bear Teddy

Not many players are the inspiration of a children's book series, but Bridgewater is, thanks to his girlfriend, Erika Cardona. Her illustrated book titled "Little Bear Teddy: Big Dream Come True" aims to teach children how to pursue their dreams by following the four core values of hard work, resiliency, determination and perseverance.

Cardona chose those values because they were the same four that helped Bridgewater achieve success in the NFL after recovering from a devastating knee injury prior to the 2016 season.

"Riders up!"

Back in 2015, after a stellar rookie season with the Vikings and a decorated college career at Louisville, Bridgewater earned one of the greatest honors available in the state of Kentucky.

It wasn't a trophy or an award, instead Bridgewater served as Grand Marshall of the Kentucky Derby and gave the "Riders Up!" command. The call signals jockeys to mount their horses prior to the start of the historic race.

Since 2012, the traditional call has been reserved for dignitaries or celebrities attending the race. Other past honorees include Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield, actor Bill Murray and NBA legend Julius Irving.

View photos of the new Panthers quarterback's journey through the NFL.

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