Spike Lee makes short film about Teddy Bridgewater


by Rachel Platt


Posted on May 6, 2014 at 12:55 PM

Updated Tuesday, May 6 at 5:02 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- Tuesday, on GMA, former UofL quarterback Teddy Bridgewater had a very special gift for his mom on her birthday -- a promise kept from when he was a child.

The story of Teddy Bridgewater and that promise to his mother played out on Good Morning America and in a short film called "A Promise to Rose" by film director Spike Lee.

Teddy, a young boy growing up in Florida who loved football had a dream to play in the NFL and an even bigger dream to take care of his mother who made so many sacrifices for family.

The promise was made to his mom years ago as a child when he saw an Escalade drive by. He told her one day, he would buy her one . . . a pink one.

After her battle with breast cancer, he decided to stick with the color pink.

On Tuesday, his mom's birthday, his promise played out on national television.

Teddy presented his mom with a pink Escalade tied with a bow.

The promise from all those years ago came true.

Then, Teddy and his mom joined the GMA gang live where she was speechless. Rose Bridgewater was in awe of what her son had given her.

Teddy beamed with pride and said he was confident about the draft.

In Spike Lee's short film, Teddy is destined for the NFL, but those who know him best would tell you the journey is more about family and his mom and making her happy.

A talented young man with a gift for football but an even bigger heart for his mom.