It's difficult to find a list of Heisman favorites or a 2014 mock draft that doesn't feature the name of Louisville quarterback Teddy Bridgewater near the top. The Cardinals junior is set to make a lot of money when he gets done setting records at Papa John's Stadium, so this morning's news from ESPN reporter Joe Schad makes perfect sense:
Louisville Junior QB Teddy Bridgewater said he took out a $10 million insurance policy
— Joe Schad (@schadjoe) July 29, 2013
Bridgewater is far from the first college athlete to make this very wise decision. Fellow Heisman favorite and the likely number one pick in the draft, Jadeveon Clowney, is insured for five million. When Michigan offensive tackle (and likely top-five pick) Taylor Lewan announced he was coming back for his senior year, he also locked in a policy protecting himself against injury.
Other top quarterback prospects have also taken out policies, including Colt McCoy (for between three and five million), Sam Bradford (undisclosed) and Tim Tebow (for two million). If you want to go way, way back, Georgia tailback Herschel Walker took out a one million dollar policy in 1981.
For those of you inquiring about how these are paid for:
The NCAA began providing the chance for football players to purchase insurance in 1990 and later expanded that offer to athletes in other sports. Banks are arranged for loans in case the athlete or his family can’t afford to purchase the policy on their own.
For more Teddy, Here's an interview with Bridgewater from Monday's "SportsCenter":
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