Retired NFL QB Teddy Bridgewater Named Head Coach of His HS Alma Mater

Teddy Bridgewater with the Panthers in 2020.
Teddy Bridgewater with the Panthers in 2020. Photo by John Fisher/CSM/Shutterstock (11629188bs)

Retired NFL quarterback Teddy Bridgewater didn’t wait too long to begin his new career. Bridgewater was unveiled on Friday as the head coach of his alma mater, high school Miami Northwestern.

Bridgewater decided to walk away from professional football after the 2023 NFL season at the age of 31. He spend a decade in the NFL before retiring.

Miami Northwestern’s athletic director, Andre Williams, told ESPN that Bridgewater is already on the job, working with players and coaches. He replaced head coach Michaelee Harris, who left the school’s football team after finishing 2023 with a 4-6 record. 

“Teddy, he’s never left the school,” Williams told ESPN. “Since he’s been in the NFL the last 10 years and certainly in college, he was always at the school during the offseason, working out with the young men, giving them his knowledge of the game. He’s never left the school, so we’re just officially bringing him back as the head coach.”

Teddy Bridgewater took over as Miami Northwestern’s starting quarterback during his sophomore year. He finished high school with 6,712 passing yards and 70 touchdowns while leading the team to one 6A state title game appearance.

Following his high school career,  Bridgewater played college football at Louisville before the Minnesota Vikings drafted him with the last pick of the first round in the 2014 NFL Draft. Miami, Florida-native spent four years with the Vikings before embarking on stints with the New Orleans Saints and Carolina Panthers, among other teams.

Bridgewater spent the 2023 campaign as the backup for the Detroit Lions, making an appearance in one game. The Lions wanted to keep him, but Bridgewater decided it was time to say goodbye to the NFL and start his coaching career.

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