Bergstrom ready to go as a Raider

When the Oakland Raiders kickoff their season this fall, one of the men protecting quarterback Carson Palmer will be former University of Utah guard Tony Bergstrom.

Tony Bergstrom, a returned LDS missionary, is about to start his rookie year in the NFL. (Associated Press)


The 6-foot-6, 315-pound offensive lineman was the 95th player taken in the third round of the NFL’s April draft. Bergstrom, Oakland’s first pick of the post-Al Davis era, signed with the Raiders right before training camp. The 26-year-old went “Behind the Shield” with Jeanette Thompson in this video after the draft.

In addition to being appreciated for his football skills, Bergstrom is also respected for his religious and family values. In an article written by Levi Damien for, Bergstrom talked about the impact that his LDS mission to Sacramento, Calif., and being a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, has had on his life. 

“I’m not one of those guys who goes out and parties. … I have a wife; she won’t let me get into any trouble,” Bergstrom told Damien. “I’m no stranger to coming home and studying all day and spending time with the family instead of going out at night.”

Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie admires Bergstrom’s maturity.

Tony Bergstrom served an LDS mission and played at the University of Utah. (Deseret News Archive)

“From a maturity standpoint, where he is – being married, having a child, is that a hindrance because he’s a little older, knocking off years of his prime and all that?” McKenzie said. “No.”

For more background on Bergstrom, here is an informative 2011 article from Sports Illustrated that sheds more light on his family life. This Deseret News article recaps his recovery from an injury at Utah in 2011. Another Deseret News article describes his role on the team going into his senior year. Good luck this season, Tony.

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