By Matt Leon
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – After a stellar career with the University of Pennsylvania, Greg Van Roten is trying to make a name for himself in the NFL. The second-year pro is in position to emerge this season as a key offensive lineman for the Green Bay Packers.
A three year starter and All-Ivy tackle at Penn, the 6’3″, 303-pound Van Roten has shown versatility at the pro level.
“I’ve been playing the interior three, mostly center, a little bit of both guards,” Van Roten tells KYW Newsradio. “And then first preseason game I actually got some snaps at right tackle, so that was a little bit different, going back to my college days.”
It is a big jump from the Ivy League to the NFL, and Van Roten says it didn’t take long as a rookie in 2012 to realize just how big.
“I think our first scrimmage,” Van Roten says. “We had, like, a family night thing just in the middle of training camp last summer. It was a scrimmage . . and there were 63,000 people here watching it. That was the most I’ve ever played in front of and that was just amazing for me.”