Teddy Bridgewater using mom's breast cancer battle as inspiration for rehab

Minnesota Vikings quarterback Teddy Bridgewater suffered a devastating knee injury earlier this week and is out for the entire season after being placed on injured reserve. While the Vikings will have to play the season out with Shaun Hill (or someone else they acquire at some point) under center, Bridgewater will be diligently working his way back so he can lead the team next season.

In a statement released via the Vikings' web site on Thursday, Bridgewater cited his mother's battle with breast cancer as both an inspiration to him and a reason we should all be confident in his ability to come back from this injury.

I want to thank the Wilf family and the entire Vikings organization, all of my teammates, friends, Eric Sugarman and the amazing Vikings athletic training staff and the fans who have sent me messages and wished me well. Your thoughts and prayers mean a lot to me and have helped me in this difficult time. There are great players and great leaders in our locker room who are going to fight to the end to reach the goals we set for 2016. I will be there mentally, physically and in spirit to support them accomplish those goals.

In order to have a testimony, you have to have a test. I come from amazing DNA, I watched my mom fight and win against breast cancer. We will, as a team, attack my rehab with the same vigor and energy. My faith is strong, my faith is unwavering and my vision is clear. My purpose will not be denied.

Bridgewater's mother, Rose Murphy, told Teddy when he was 14 years old that she had breast cancer. While he watched her go through chemotherapy and radiation treatment, he told her that he wanted to quit football so he could be the man of the house, but she would not let him.

Ten years later, Murphy is still alive and it's Bridgewater who is facing a significant test. It's wonderful that he's still able to lean on his mother for inspiration.

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Jared Dubin is a New York lawyer and writer. He joined CBSSports.com in 2014 and has since spent far too much of his time watching film and working in spreadsheets. Full Bio

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