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Panthers quarterback releases children's book

"Big Change" is the latest installment of Teddy Bridgewater's series called "Little Bear Teddy."

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — New Panthers Quarterback Teddy Bridgewater is still writing his football chapter -- and hopes his time in Carolina completes his storybook ending.

And that story of overcoming adversity is something he's using to inspire kids.

Bridgewater, along with friend and author Erika Cardona, have released the second book in their series "Little Bear Teddy."

"The character, Little Bear Teddy, is just a natural symbol for children across the world," Bridgewater said. "We all had that teddy bear that we could relate to and was our best friend."

Added Cardona: "Our whole goal with Little Bear Teddy is we like to relate it to life. So it doesn't matter what your Super Bowl is, just as long as you make it there."

This book -- is called Big Change -- in it -- Little Bear Teddy has to move to a big city after a big storm.

Bridgewater can relate -- the Panthers are his third team since a devastating knee injury almost derailed his promising career four years ago. But his perseverance paid off with a Panthers contract this off-season.

"They're children with dreams also," said Bridgewater, "to be able to watch me live out my dream is huge motivation to them to dream big also."

Credit: LittleBearTeddy.com

Cardona - who has a degree in Early Childhood Education -- says Bridgewater is an inspiration to kids -- and to her.

"Seeing everything he had to endure and watching him overcome it he has truly been my biggest motivation," Bridgewater. "When I go through things I think about his story and what he had to endure and that helps me get through it."

The pair says they are working on a third book. 

For more, visit: https://www.littlebearteddy.com/.