Originally posted on Packers Notes  |  Last updated 2/17/13
Offensive lineman Greg Van Roten took the road less traveled to the NFL The Packers’ roster is filled with stars, but there are just as many little-known backups whose dreams are a lot bigger than their current roles. I’ll be focusing on those players in this new weekly feature. How did he get to Green Bay? Van Roten’s journey to the Packers was unique. After a stellar career as an offensive tackle at Penn (that’s Penn and not Penn State), he was ignored both during and after last year’s draft. After being told thanks but no thanks by both the Jets and the Chargers in May, he sat at home in Long Island until Green Bay called in late July and offered him a spot on the 80-man roster. What has he done in Green Bay? Van Roten impressed enough people during training camp to earn a spot on the practice squad. He then impressed enough people on the practice squad to earn a spot on the 53-man roster when running back Cedric Benson was placed on injured reserve in the middle of October. He s...
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