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It takes a team effort to win football games and we have 11 guys on defence who are going to play their tails off. We have 11 guys on special teams and 10 other guys on the offensive side of the ball that are going to be out there competing for one another. Theres no pressure for me to have to fill the needs or anything. ... Its just all about the team. With quarterback Matt Cassel lost for the season with a foot injury and Peterson out indefinitely while the legal process plays out, the Vikings have become Teddys team much faster than anyone expected. The Vikings traded back into the first round on the opening night of the draft to snag Bridgewater in hopes that he could finally become the long-term answer at quarterback the team has been searching for ever since Daunte Culpepper went down with a knee injury in 2005. Peterson was expected to continue to be the teams star player for at least another season or two, providing a cocoon for the young quarterback while he got his feet underneath him. That all changed two weeks ago with Petersons stunning arrest in a child-abuse charge in Texas. Ready or not, its Teddy Time in Minnesota. Honestly, coach Mike Zimmer said, I think hes been ready since the day he walked in. The Vikings started the season with the veteran Cassel, hoping to ease Bridgewaters transition and give him some time to get acclimated to NFL life. While Cassel was running with the starters, Bridgewater distinguished himself by not distinguishing himself at all. Earlier on draft night, Minnesota attempted to trade up to No. 22 to grab Johnny Manziel, the flamboyant Texas A&M quarterback. But Cleveland outbid the Vikings, who then set their sights on Bridgewater. While Manziel has drawn headlines for his party-hearty lifestyle off the field, Bridgewater has been whisper quiet in the meeting rooms and sound bite-proof in his interactions with the media. He doesnt really get overwhelmed, fullback Jerome Felton said. He works hard. Hes humble. He comes prepared. So I think thats the biggest thing. He prepares himself well. Hes in here early, leaves late, so hell be just fine. Bridgewater stepped in for the injured Cassel on Sunday and completed 12 of 20 passes for 150 yards against a New Orleans defence that played the pass very aggressively with Peterson gone. The offence didnt score a touchdown with him in the game, but his ability to handle the heat carried over from his turns in the huddle during the preseason. I remember the first preseason game I asked Teddy whether he was nervous or not and of course he said no. And I thought, you know, hes just a liar, backup quarterback Christian Ponder said. But the guy doesnt get nervous. The guy has a ton of poise and played extremely well. I expect that to continue the next game and so on. When Bridgewater takes the field for his first game as a starter on Sunday against Atlanta (2-1), he wont have Peterson to take his handoffs. He wont have tight end Kyle Rudolph, who will miss about six weeks after having sports hernia surgery, to catch his passes and he wont have starting right guard Brandon Fusco, who is out for the season with a torn pectoral muscle, to block for him. He also wont have a big entourage in the stands. Bridgewater said earlier this season a€” while he was still Cassels backup a€” he put six people, including his mother, girlfriend and agent, on a list to watch the game. Now that hes starting, the number hasnt changed. I gave myself a moment Monday morning, Bridgewater said. I woke up and told myself, Hey, your dream is finally here and its coming true. 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"(Tiana) is very shy," Nestor said from Belgrade, where Canada will battle Serbia this weekend in an historic Davis Cup semifinal. "Shes one of those kids who, if shes somewhere for three hours, the last hour she comes into her own. The first two hours shes not being herself. She definitely needs some pushing and motivation to open up. Hopefully she comes around because I was like that too. If shes as shy as I was growing up, it will be tough for her. "But shes a lot better looking than I am, so that should help her," he added with a laugh. Modern technology, Nestor said, has made travelling easier. Its helped the father of two daughters -- Tiana will turn five in December, Bianca is six months old -- remain on the ATP tour, where hes claimed 81 mens doubles titles, including eight Grand Slams, in a pro career that has spanned more than two decades. The Toronto native is the oldest regular player on the tour, having turned 41 last week during his 21st consecutive U.S. Open appearance. (No, he didnt celebrate. "There is nothing about turning 41 worth celebrating," he joked.) Nestor, however, doesnt plan on walking away from the game just yet. And why would he when there are still so many reasons to play, including Canadas unprecedented recent performances on the international stage. "People ask me how long Im going to play. When you have a talented (Canadian) team and potential to play in these types of matches in years to come, thats what keeps me going still," he said ahead of Fridays opening matches on the clay of Belgrade Arena. "If were able to win this, it will definitely be a top moment (in my career)," added Nestor, who won an Olympic gold medal in 2000. "Even being in this situation is a top moment." Canada has never made it this far in the event that begins each year with 130 countries and sees only 16 teams qualify for the World Cup. This weekends winner moves onto the final in November against the winner of the other semifinal between Argentina and Czech Republic. Milos Raonic of Thornhill, Ont., will lead the Canadians versus world No. 1 Novak Djokovic and Serbia in the semi that is expected to draw 15,000 fans each day. Nestor, who was born in Belgrade, will team up again with 23-year-old Vasek Pospisil. The two recorded a dramatic 6-3, 6-4, 3-6, 3-6, 15-13 win in Canadas Davis Cup quarter-final victory over Italy last spring, a marathon thriller that lasted an exhausting four-and-a-half hours and set the stage for Raonics singles win that ensured Canadas advancement. Despite the near two-decades age difference -- or perhaps partly because of it -- the two complement each other well. Pospisil is the more energetic and emotional of the two, who reached the third round of last weeks U.S. Open in their first Grand Slam together, while Nestor is the calming influence. "Vasek right now is really confident,, hes playing great tennis in singles and hes always had great doubles instincts," Nestor said. Jerome Bettis Jersey. "Hes serving great. Big first serve and second serve, hes a big hitter from the baseline, and very capable at the net too. Its always nice playing with a young guy thats explosive and eager." By comparison, Nestor described himself as a "perfectionist," and "someone whos able to do all things fairly well, but I wont say Im the best at anything." Pospisil, a Vernon, B.C., native who now calls Vancouver home, considers himself lucky to play alongside the veteran who secured the world No. 1 mens double ranking for more than 100 weeks. "(Nestor) is a legend and someone I looked up to for many years growing up," Pospisil said. "So obviously playing with him the first few time was nerve wracking. I feel much more comfortable now a year or two later and Im really able to appreciate it. "Having experience like that on the court beside me is extremely valuable not just to our partnership but also to me as a young player on the Tour." Nestor hopes to play through 2014, and turn around what hasnt been the greatest 2013. Hes changed partners a handful of times this season, most recently parting ways with Swede Robert Lindstedt, saying "We were getting on each others nerves a little bit too much. . . We just decided it was time to move on." His world doubles ranking has plummeted -- hes currently No. 13. So before the curtain comes down on his career, hed love to claim a couple more Grand Slam titles and see his ranking climb back to the top. He said his body, remarkably, feels a lot better than it did back in the early days during his injury-plagued singles career. He travels with his own physiotherapist now. He draws inspiration from older athletes such as Niklas Lidstrom, the former Detroit Red Wings defenceman and seven-time Norris Trophy winner who retired at the age of 42. "There are a lot of athletes who have endured," Nestor said. "I think a lot of it is that people retire because theyre fed up or sick of it. Yes, it is very tough not being with my family all the time. But from what Ive heard from people whove retired, they all say This is the best it is. So Ill make the most of it and then move on." As his career winds down, he said he appreciates being in the moment more. He and wife Natasha make a point of sightseeing when she travels with him. He hopes to bring his family to the Australian Open in January -- Tiana made the trip to Melbourne once before, but it was when she was too young to remember. "Definitely the life and the camaraderie with the other players is something I appreciate a lot more now. 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