What is going on with Teddy Bridgewater’s autograph?

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By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Football Editor

That doesn’t look like Teddy Bridgewater’s autograph – that was the thought many had when seeing the former Louisville quarterback’s signature in 2014 Leaf Metal Draft football.

The autograph was just two letters: “T” and “B” with two lines after each letter.

That looked nothing the signature he has maintained for the past couple of years where he signed nearly every letter of his last name.

However, Leaf CEO Brian Gray says that is indeed Bridgewater’s new autograph, and will be his new sig moving forward. Gray had spoken to Bridgewater and his representative Abram Elam, who both said Bridgewater signed the Leaf Metal Draft cards.

“He started signing and realized there was no way he can do every  auto and accommodate every one in the time frame,” Gray told Beckett Media on Friday. “He wants to have a consistent signature now. This is what he is going to sign.”

Players like Bridgewater will sign thousands (likely more than 10,000) of autograph cards. For now, he’s had to sign for Leaf, Press Pass, Sage and Upper Deck for pre-draft products, which are all scheduled to come out within the coming weeks. Then, it’s on to Panini and Topps where he will have thousands more autographs to sign.

Below is a side-by-side image of Bridgewater’s old autograph and the new one appearing in 2014 Leaf Metal Draft.

Susan Lulgjuraj is an editor at Beckett Media. You can email her here with questions, comments or ideas. Follow her on Twitter here. Follow Beckett Media on Facebook and Twitter.


  1. Mark
    Posted Friday February 28th, 2014 at 08:14 PM | Permalink

    Reason #56,264 why rookies and rookie cards are ruining football cards. Only in football are we hit over the head with crap like this.

  2. zotster
    Posted Friday February 28th, 2014 at 09:56 PM | Permalink

    You know you’ve hit the big time when you can sign your initials and get paid big bucks for it. Maybe the next time a player decides to sign only the first letters of their name, the card company should pay only the first figure in the autograph deal (i.e., here’s $5 instead of $5,000 – you’ll get your zeros when we get the rest of your name).

  3. kris buonocore
    Posted Saturday March 1st, 2014 at 06:53 AM | Permalink

    i agree with zotster. sign less then and make them more valuable.

  4. johnny Cakes
    Posted Saturday March 1st, 2014 at 09:56 AM | Permalink

    You trying have card companies hand you 5,000 sheets of stickers. It can be very exhausting. The solution? LESS AUTO CARDS FROM CRAPPY LOW END BRANDS (See all Leaf product,Press Pass, Low end Topps Prime, Magic, and early Panini releases). The players would then take there time if they only had to sign lets say 1,000 stickers. The card company should also hold back pay for players who “initial or line sign” and add bonus money for players who put effort into their signature (see Anthony Dixon,Rickey Henderson). This would eliminate the crap autos from the likes of Teddy Bridgewater,Rueben Randle,Giovani Bernard and the infamous Vernand Morency (V~~~~~)

  5. CashforGold
    Posted Saturday March 1st, 2014 at 10:54 AM | Permalink

    when you have to sign 1500 cards at one sitting, this is what happens

  6. JonathanI
    Posted Saturday March 1st, 2014 at 11:18 AM | Permalink

    He’s lazy. That’s it. He’s getting paid to sign is name, do it in away that takes two seconds and is not easily faked. Heck, I haven’t tried, but I bet I could master his new signature in about three minutes. If someone is going to pay me to sign my name 10,000X (which ruins the “big pull” mantra in itself), that person’s getting the whole thing from me–strictly out of pride for my fans. I hope his jersey has this for his name on the back: “B—–“.

  7. Posted Sunday March 2nd, 2014 at 11:50 AM | Permalink

    zotster- Right on!
    I hate a lazy sig on a card. Players should take pride in their names and their autographs. I too think players should be rewarded relevant to their effort. I don’t care if they are signing thousands of cards, take the time to make each one a masterpiece.

  8. Richard
    Posted Monday March 3rd, 2014 at 06:59 PM | Permalink

    And, that’s a good reason to not buy the damn things.
    It’s one step about that idiot that signed with a big “V”.

  9. card opinionator
    Posted Friday March 7th, 2014 at 02:45 PM | Permalink

    Those are initials, and not an autograph. Collectors AND card companies should simply not accept them as a signature. Don’t Pay for Them!

  10. James
    Posted Saturday March 15th, 2014 at 11:50 AM | Permalink

    LOL…..Its a no-win situation with card companies. More autos mean lesser quality in penmanship. Less autos and you would all be on here crying,pi$$ing and moaning that you aren’t getting enough “hits” for the price of the box of cards you bought. It seems too many of you want it both ways. You want the autos but you want it to be in perfect penmanship and not just initials with scribbles behind it. Besides,take into consideration the size of a sticker for an autograph. You think its easy to write a name with as many characters in it as “Teddy Bridgewater” on that little sticker and have it be perfectly legible? Actually,when you get right down to it,the autos on cards are no different than the autos you would get from these guys if you saw them at practice,training camp,at an event or out on the town somewhere. Hell,you’d be lucky to get most of these guys to even sign anything for free these days! I remember going to many training camps back in the day and having a program or team picture signed and the only way I knew who the signer was,was because I saw them sign it! It wasn’t like it was written with the best of penmanship. These guys have busy schedules. Even more so when you are a rookie. There are only so many hours in a day and these young men have many different things going on with them. TV appearances,radio talk shows,Podcasts,personal appearances at dinners,banquets,and awards ceremonies. The NFL Combine. The NFL Draft. Training and staying in shape so they can be ready for draft day and the mini camps and things beyond. Oh and some personal down time with their friends and families. So, you’ll just have to excuse Teddy and the other athletes for not giving you a perfect autograph on your football card, they have a few more important things to do than just sitting around signing cardboard all day.

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