Green Bay Packers' rookie Vince Biegel credits his success in life to learning to work on the family cranberry marsh, his family and LDS faith.
Biegel, the son of former BYU linebacker Rocky Biegel who played college ball at Wisconsin, was recently featured in an article by thecountrytoday.com.
Biegel, named Vince after the great Packers' coach Vince Lombardi, was raised on his family's 76-acre cranberry marsh in Biron, Wisconsin, where his parents taught him and his siblings "there's no such thing as a free lunch."
“I’m just very proud of where I come from and my roots in Wisconsin,” he said in the article. “Cranberries are in my blood. Our family has been doing it for 100 years, so it means a lot to me, just like anybody who’s passionate about anything. Cranberries are important to me, and so is my faith, my family and football.”
In addition to the work, Vince was positively influenced during his growing years by family members and leaders from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, his mother Jamie Biegel said.
"He had a grandfather who coached football, a dad who played college football, and a lot of people in his life — family, church leaders (with the Mormon faith) — who supported him," she said. "We’ve tried to give our kids the tools to succeed in life, but it’s their responsibility to follow through on that. And that’s what they’ve all done."
While playing football in college, Biegel created a blog where he promoted cranberries and talked about his life in the family marsh. He later met the CEO and chairman of Ocean Spray.
Read the entire article here.
ESPN interviewed Biegel about life on the family cranberry marsh in 2016.
Biegel is listed on the Packers' roster under the reserve/physically unable to perform category. He recently began practicing with the team after months of rehab following foot surgery, according to Packers.com.