Brandon Bridge, a 6'4, 229 pound quarterback who played NCAA football for the South Alabama Jaguars, could be drafted as early as the fourth round in this year's draft, which began on Thursday night.
Waiting for that call from an NFL team — "definitely stressful," the confident quarterback admits — is a long way from his days playing at St. Marcellinus Secondary School in Mississauga, Ont.
"Coming from Canada, I think you have to work twice as hard as the average American," Bridge told CBC News.
The only Canadian quarterbacks to be drafted before him are Calgary's Mark Rypien, who was drafted in the sixth round of the 1986 draft, and Toronto's Jesse Palmer, drafted in the fourth round in 2001.
But despite the odds, Bridge dedicated himself to his goal of being a pro quarterback.
Even as a 15-year-old, Bridge's coaches saw something special.
Paul Correale, his former coach, said Bridge's size and strength made him stand out, but it was also "his charisma, his leadership … the way he carried himself off the field."
Correale said Bridge was determined, even then, to be an NFL quarterback then.
His family supported that dream, driving him to countless U.S. training camps where he honed his skills.
On Friday, Bridge will be surrounded by his family as he waits for his name to be picked.Suggest a correction