(ABC News) When former University of Louisville quarterback Teddy Bridgewater was in the third grade, he made a promise to his mom.
“When I make it to the NFL, I’m going to buy you a pink Cadillac Escalade with pink rims,” Bridgewater, now 21, recalled telling his mom, Rose Murphy.
Today, more than a decade later, Bridgewater is poised not just to make it to the NFL but to make it big, being touted as a possible No. 1 pick in Thursday’s NFL draft.
Bridgewater’s story of rising from a young peewee football player to a high school, college and now, potentially, NFL star, all while caring for his mom, who battled breast cancer, caught the eye of filmmaker Spike Lee.
Lee directed and produced a seven-minute documentary about the family, “A #Promise2Rose,” that was made with support from Cadillac.
The story for Bridgewater and Murphy did not end there, however. The pair attended an early birthday luncheon for Murphy Monday at New York’s Le Cirque restaurant where Bridgewater surprised his mom with the shiny pink Escalade, provided by Cadillac, that he promised her 13 years ago.
“It was just amazing. I was in awe. I was like, ‘Oh my God,’” Murphy said today on “Good Morning America.” “It was a long time coming and just to see it, I was in awe.”
Because Murphy, a field operations specialist with Miami-Dade County public schools, raised her son while battling, and eventually beating, breast cancer, the Cadillac’s pink color had significant meaning for both her and Bridgewater.
“I didn’t think it was going to happen this soon,” said Murphy, whose actual birthday was Tuesday. “I thought, later on, a couple years down the road.”
Bridgewater said there is no time to wait, both when it comes to fulfilling his mother’s dream and making his own dream of a career in the NFL happen.
“Not at all,” Bridgewater said when asked if he is nervous about Thursday’s draft. “I’m ready to just get my career started and whatever team I land on, I’m ready to go.” Copyright 2014 by ABC News