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Vanderlin's 'tough road' leads to Title Town

October 18, 2012 - Burt Angeli
Former Michigan Tech star Drew Vanderlin has joined the Green Bay Packers.

Vanderlin, a Tech roommate of Norway High School ace Phil Milbrath, was was coaching at UW-Stevens Point when the Packers made contact.

“It was a very long wait,” Vanderlin told the Green Bay Press-Gazette. “It was a tough road. At some points, it was like, ‘Is this ever going to happen?’

“You always kept the faith and keep pushing, but at the same time once training camp ended, I kind of thought that was it. Once I got that call, it kind of came full circle.”

Vanderlin, assigned this week to the Packers eight-man practice squad, participated in the team’s rookie orientation camp earlier this season but was not signed at that time.

Vanderlin (6-foot-3, 288), a Green Bay Southwest High School graduate, dominated at defensive end for Michigan Tech.

“Anything can happen,” Vanderlin said. “I can only worry about what I can control, and that’s just going out there every day and practicing as hard as I can and giving a good look with the look team and just trying to, like I did in the minicamp, just open some eyes and hopefully I can keep that momentum going and make a long run.”



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