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Bergstrom gets to live his dream

Published April 27, 2012 10:52 pm

This is an archived article that was published on sltrib.com in 2012, and information in the article may be outdated. It is provided only for personal research purposes and may not be reprinted.

Even though he knew he had more than just a good chance of getting drafted, lineman Tony Bergstrom was still having a hard time processing the reality of getting picked by the Oakland Raiders on Friday night. "There isn't a kid out there who doesn't dream about playing professionally at something and I was no different," he said. "At one point I wanted to play in the NBA, at another I wanted to be in the NFL then as you get older you get cynical and think it will never happen and you start thinking about being a doctor or something. I am one of the lucky ones. I get to live the dream I had as a six-year-old." Bergstrom went to the Raiders with the 95th overall pick. "They play a zone offense like we did at the 'U' so I'm familiar with it," he said. "I'm excited about their fans. They are so loyal so I am stoked about that." This summer will be a bit of a whirlwind for the Skyline H.S. product. Bergstrom and his wife, Jessica, are expecting their second child, a boy, in July. The couple have a 17-month-old daughter named Olivia. "We still have to figure everything out," Bergstrom said. "We have a lot to do, but we are still wrapping our minds around what happened." - Lya Wodraska