Vince Biegel lived out his childhood dream on Saturday afternoon.
The former Wisconsin linebacker wasn’t just picked in the 2017 NFL Draft; he was picked by the team he grew up rooting for in the state he has always called home.
The Green Bay Packers opened the action Saturday in Philadelphia by calling Biegel’s name with the 108th overall pick — the first pick of the fourth round. Biegel reacted on Twitter in the fashion you’d expect.
Wisconsin I can't wait to stay home!!!! #HomeGrown
— Vince Biegel (@VinceBiegel) April 29, 2017
Naturally, almost every football fan in Wisconsin was excited.
— Green Bay Packers (@packers) April 29, 2017
Raised in Wisconsin Rapids.
Standout LB for the #Badgers.
— Wisconsin Football (@BadgerFootball) April 29, 2017
Biegel and the Badgers started their 2016 season at Lambeau Field with a win against LSU. Shortly afterward, Biegel wrote in The Players’ Tribune about an experience he’ll get to be a part of on a consistent basis in his NFL future.
We’re going to be playing in friggin’ Lambeau Field! For many guys on the team, myself included, this is an opportunity to play in a stadium we’ve idolized since birth. Growing up, I was wearing a Brett Favre jersey roughly 90 percent of the time. My first time at Lambeau was when I was six years old. It’s a place like no other. When you walk up the stairs to your section and see the field for the first time … wow.
The green is more green, the gold is more gold. It’s a glorious place, and to play there as a college athlete will be an honor for me and my teammates. It’s a perfect place to start my final season here.