A Vikings player finally received a postseason honor, and it’s none other than quarterback Teddy Bridgewater.
The Pro Football Writers of America named Bridgewater to its All-Rookie team on Tuesday. Bridgewater finished with 2,919 passing yards, 14 touchdowns and 12 interceptions with an 85.2 quarterback rating in 13 games (12 starts).
He won the award over Raiders quarterback Derek Carr, who started the entire season and had 3,270 yards, 21 touchdowns, 12 interceptions and a 76.6 quarterback rating.
The Vikings struck out on the PFWA All-NFL and All-NFC teams announced on Monday. They also didn’t have a representative on the AP All-Pro team or the Pro Bowl.
Bridgewater is also up for Rookie of the Year (You can vote here on the award) with Bucs wide receiver Mike Evans, Bengals running back Jeremy Hill, Bills wide receiver Sammy Watkins and Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr., who was named PFWA’s Rookie of the Year.
Here’s the complete PFWA All-Rookie Team:
QB – Teddy Bridgewater, Minnesota Vikings
RB – Jeremy Hill, Cincinnati Bengals; Tre Mason, St. Louis Rams
WR – Odell Beckham Jr., New York Giants; Mike Evans, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
TE – Jace Amaro, New York Jets
C – Corey Linsley, Green Bay Packers
G – Joel Bitonio, Cleveland Browns; Zach Martin, Dallas Cowboys
T – Taylor Lewan, Tennessee Titans; Ja’Wuan James, Miami DolphinsDefense
DL – Aaron Donald, St. Louis Rams; Timmy Jernigan, Baltimore Ravens; Kony Ealy, Carolina Panthers; Justin Ellis, Oakland Raiders
LB – Chris Borland, San Francisco 49ers; Khalil Mack, Oakland Raiders; C.J. Mosley, Baltimore Ravens
CB – Kyle Fuller, Chicago Bears; E.J. Gaines, St. Louis Rams
S – Deone Bucannon, Arizona Cardinals; Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, Green Bay PackersSpecial Teams
PK – Cody Parkey, Philadelphia Eagles
P – Pat O’Donnell, Chicago Bears
KR – Jarvis Landry, Miami Dolphins
PR – De’Anthony Thomas, Kansas City Chiefs
ST – Trey Burton, Philadelphia Eagles
This is Kevin Garnett’s 20th year in the NBA. If that doesn’t make you feel old, we’re not sure what will. (He’s always been about five months older than us, so it REALLY makes us feel old).
But while his future might include buying the Timberwolves, his present involves being the same combative, fiery player he was when he came into the league straight out of high school.
There are numerous examples from over the years. The latest came Monday night, when Garnett got tangled up with Dwight Howard … and just couldn’t let it go. It ended with Garnett headbutting the Rockets center (video here), which earned KG an ejection.
The best part was Garnett circling back endlessly trying to get another piece of Howard, which we can’t imagine anyone thinking clearly would want to attempt.
For the season, Garnett is averaging just 7.2 points and 7.3 rebounds … though if you asked us if we would like to see Da Kid play one more season — a 21st year for No. 21 — with the Wolves to show some of the young kids how to bring defensive intensity and effort every night, we would be all for it.