Former University of Louisville star quarterback Teddy Bridgewater, who is about to begin his professional football career, once promised his mother, Rose Murphy, when he was a child he would buy her a pink Cadillac Escalade. It sounds like the sort of promise a child who just wants to make his mother happy would make, but it’s even more heartwarming when you know Bridgewater’s and Murphy’s full story, which is told in a new short film produced by filmmaker Spike Lee.
In addition to raising four children and being a huge inspiration to Bridgewater and his teammates, Murphy is a breast cancer survivor. As Bridgewater enters the NFL Draft this week, he is using the opportunity to make good on that promise of his and get his mother a brand-new 2015 Cadillac Escalade painted in the same pink shade used to promote breast cancer awareness.
“When I was in third grade, I promised my mom I would get her a pink Cadillac Escalade,” Bridgewater said. “Pink is the color that represents breast cancer awareness, so I just want to get her that big pink Escalade truck and see that big smile on her face.”
Lee went with Bridgewater to his hometown of Miami to help organize the surprise for his mother. She was taken aback upon seeing the flamingo-colored SUV waiting for her as she walked out of the Le Cirque restaurant in New York City.
“First class all the way,” said Lee. “First class Mom, son, athlete, production and sponsor. I couldn’t be prouder to have helped Teddy live out his dream of giving his mother, Rose, her pink Escalade. I wish him all the success, on and off the field, as he goes into this next phase of his life.”
Watch Teddy and his mother’s full story in the video below, courtesy of Cadillac’s YouTube page.