Per his twitter
to play football, not to play trumpet
Woot! How many players from other big ten teams got drafted just curious?
BTN had the breakdown here (not including free agents like Van Bergen) - http://btn.com/2012/04/28/41-big-ten-products
Congratulations to Ryan Van Bergen. He will be a great addition to the Panthers. Always, Go Blue!
I got my call and officially announce i will be signing w the carolina panthers as a free agent! Grateful for the opportunity
Congrats! HE will be a great addition to any team, Go BLUE!
Didn't take long...
I'd like to know where Koger and Woolfolk go as well!
Congrats. He deserves it.
I just did a search on twitter for Van Bergen to find his page, but instead saw all the other people talking about him. Apparently a lot of Steelers fans wanted him, and it sounds like there are quite a few fans of a variety of teams disappointed that he signed so fast. Good for him! Glad to see all his dedication and hard work paying off.
First UDFA signing, correct?
that was fast
congrats to RVB
to RVB. He is a hard and tireless worker.
Oh, never mind.
Carolina, not Florida
The thought of a 6'6 288lb defenseman scares the shit out of me as a forward. That is, of course, if he could move (I'm guessing no); still, if he could line you up it'd be over for you.
Anyway, congrats to RVB. He deserves all the good things soon to come to him.
He deserves the opportunity and I'm sure he'll make the most of it.
Love the kid, he'll make good with his shot to make a 53 man roster.
was quick.. I guess being a rookie free agent has it's benifiets also. I am very happy for him, and they are not world beaters on defense so that is great for him to get a chance to play early in his career with the Panthers. I actually can't name one D- lineman they have since Peppers left.
this pains me as a bucs fan, but I will always root for RVB. congrats to him.
Good deal and he's definitely going to a franchise back on the rise with a young phenom in Newton. He should get a good look on the d line.
Could really see RVB having a solid 10 year career
So glad to hear this, especially since he was injured leading into the combine. Congrats RVB a Michigan Man through and through
I really think he would have been drafted in one of the late rounds had he not been injured. I suspect injury had something to do with Molk getting drafted as late as he was too. They were instrumental in team 132's success, and I will never forget how they toughed it out, despite their injuries, to help win the Sugar Bowl.
I'm more than excited for this signing!! I was pulling for them to take Martin and/or Hemmingway, but I'll happily take anyone from Team 132
Congrats, Always good to see Michigan players getting their dream chance in the NFL. good luck to him. Go Blue
Should have a nice career. He definitely showed an ability to compete against some top talent, and hopefully he'll have a chance to showcase his skills in Carolina.