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Bergstrom excited to be a Raider



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The best part of the NFL Draft for Tony Bergstrom was getting the phone call.

"The phone call was great," he says. "Everything before that was terrible. It's about four hours of straight tension. Then you get that phone call and its just relief."

Tony got the call from the Oakland Raiders Friday who made him the 95th overall pick (3rd round) in the 2012 NFL draft.

The All-Pac-12 selection and three year starter at Utah is excited to begin his NFL career as a member of the Oakland Raiders.

Oakland Raiders third-round NFL football draft pick Tony Bergstrom smiles during a news conference at the team's headquarters in Alameda, Calif., Saturday, April 28, 2012. (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma)
Oakland Raiders third-round NFL football draft pick Tony Bergstrom smiles during a news conference at the team's headquarters in Alameda, Calif., Saturday, April 28, 2012. (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma)

"The Raiders are a great program, and they have great players," he says.

He believes he will fit in nicely in the Raiders' offense which uses a zone-blocking scheme. He will likely play guard in the NFL after playing right tackle for the Utes.

"They have a great system," he says. "They run a zone just like Utah so it's about as good as it could get."

He is also excited to play for Raiders fans that have a reputation for being some of the most passionate in the NFL.

"They're loyal, that's the great thing," he says. "I've got a whole city behind me. I'm pretty excited about that one."

Bergstrom is excited to get to work and can hardly believe that his childhood dream of becoming an NFL player is now reality.

"Every little kid dreams of playing professional something," he says. "Over time everyone seems to get cynical and wants to do something else, like an engineer or a doctor or something stupid like that and gives up that dream. I've just been fortunate enough that I've never had to."

Now that Tony is in the NFL, he may get a chance to try and block his brother-in-law from sacking the Raiders quarterback. Bergstrom and the Raiders will travel to Baltimore on November 11th to face Paul Kruger and the Ravens.

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