Bergstrom in the 2012 NFL season.
|No. 70 Oakland Raiders|
|Date of birth:||August 8, 1986|
|Place of birth:||Salt Lake City, Utah|
|Height:||6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)|
|Weight:||310 lb (141 kg)|
|High school:||Salt Lake City (UT) Skyline|
|NFL draft:||2012 / Round: 3 / Pick: 95|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Career NFL statistics|
|Stats at NFL.com|
Steven Anthony "Tony" Bergstrom (born August 8, 1986) is an American football center for the Oakland Raiders of the National Football League (NFL). He was selected in the third round, 95th overall in the 2012 NFL Draft by the Oakland Raiders.
High school career
Bergstrom was a three-year starter and team captain on the powerhouse Skyline Eagles football team. In 2002 and 2003 the Eagles made the state finals and in 2004 they were Regional champions and made the state semi-finals. Bergstrom was All-State and Region 3 Player of the Year in 2004 as well as the Eagles' Most Valuable Player. Throughout his high school career Bergstrom won many athletic and academic awards and nominations, including being a three-year High Honor Roll, an Academic All State, earning a College Board AP Scholar Award and being a National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame 2004 Scholar-Leader-Athlete nominee. Bergstrom was also a three-year letterman in basketball and a two-year letterman in track and field.
Bergstrom enrolled in school in the 2008 spring semester. He played in 10 games and started at left tackle against UNLV, finishing with three knowckdowns, two cuts and a pancake block. He also recorded two knockdowns and two cuts against Weber State and a pancake block against San Diego State. Bergstrom also saw action on special teams and was named Academic All-MWC and to the Athletic Director's Honor Roll.
Bergstrom became the starting right tackle in 2009, leading the offensive line in total plays with 816 during the regular season. The coaches graded him at 81% on the year, with 662 wins of his 816 plays. He had 29 cuts and 12 pancake blocks for the season. His nine cuts against San Diego State was the best by a Ute all season and his highest grade of the year in a single game was 95% against fierce rivals BYU. He was also an Academic All-MWC.
Bergstrom once again started every game at right tackle and once again led the offensive line in total plays with 584 in the 10 graded games. He did not allow a sack all season and he graded out at 84% on the season, winning 485 of his 584 plays. He had 14 cuts and two pancake blocks for the season. He once again dominated San Diego State, winning 61-of-70 plays. He was voted to the Second-Team All-MWC.
In 2011, Utah would transfer to the Pac-12 conference and Bergstrom as team captain would continue as the starting right tackle. He would start in all 12 of the games he was fit, missing most of the rivalry game against BYU and the entire Washington game due to a knee injury. He would lead the Utes with an overall grade of 85% on the season, winning 546 of his 639 plays during the regular season. He was the best-graded Ute linemen in 6 games; earning 88% against Montana State, 91% against OSU, 85% against Pitt, 90% against UCLA, 89% against WSU and tied for the best grade with 92% against Colorado. He would be named to the First-Team All-Pac-12 at the end of the season.
Bergstrom played 48 career games at Utah, starting 38 at right tackle.
2012 Senior Bowl
2012 NFL Draft
|Ht||Wt||Arm length||Hand size||40-yd dash||10-yd split||20-yd split||20-ss||3-cone||Vert||Broad||BP|
|6 ft 5 3/8 in||313 lb||32 in||9 in||5.19 s||1.81 s||4.84 s||7.95 s||29.5 in||101.0 ft in||32 reps|
|All values from NFL combine|
Bergstrom was drafted 95th overall in the 2012 NFL Draft by the Oakland Raiders. As the Raiders had traded their first, second and third round picks in the draft, Bergstrom became their first pick at the end of the third round when he was taken with the Raiders' compensatory selection awarded to the them for the loss of Nnamdi Asomugha in the 2011 Free Agency period.
Although a tackle throughout his college career, Bergstrom was drafted as a guard by the Raiders. Current Assistant Offensive Line Coach and former All-Pro guard Steve Wisniewski has been credited with uncovering Bergstrom. Wisniewski watched and interviewed Bergstrom at the 2012 Senior Bowl. The Raiders believe Bergstrom's quickness will translate well into their new Zone blocking scheme, which favors smaller, fleet-footed linemen over bigger, more powerful linemen.
Bergstrom is one of four sons to Steven and Lori Bergstrom, both University of Utah graduates. His cousin Ryan Roberts played professional baseball for the Chicago White Sox and is currently an assistant baseball coach at BYU, although many internet writers have confused him with Ryan Roberts, who plays baseball for the Arizona Diamondbacks. At the time of being drafted, Bergstrom is a few semesters shy of earning his degree in Chemical engineering.
- Associated Press (April 27, 2012). "Raiders close Round 3 of NFL draft by taking Tony Bergstrom". NFL.com. Retrieved 28 April 2012.
- University of Utah Athletics. "Tony Begstrom Profile". utahutes.cstv.com. Retrieved April 28, 2012.
- Damien, Levi (April 27, 2012). "Raiders draft pick Bergstrom a Wisniewski offensive guard discovery". silverandblackpride.com. Retrieved April 28, 2012.