We Asked, They Answered: Q and A with Andrew BergesonAndrew Bergeson is a junior at Augsburg College, though he's a sophomore eligibility-wise. The former Red Wing standout was expected to start at linebacker for the Auggie football team, but has been limited by injuries — including a week-long stint in the hospital.
By: Brett Boese, The Republican Eagle
Andrew Bergeson is a junior at Augsburg College, though he's a sophomore eligibility-wise. The former Red Wing standout was expected to start at linebacker for the Auggie football team, but has been limited by injuries — including a week-long stint in the hospital.
Augsburg finished 1-9 overall and 1-7 in the MIAC last year, but you were among seven freshman starters, including six on defense. The Auggies are currently 3-4 with a win over previously undefeated and 10th-ranked Wartburg. What’s the biggest difference you’ve seen in the team this year?
Maturity. This team has grown tremendously over the past year. In all aspects of the game our team has gotten better, strictly due to hard work and commitment. It is amazing how much work each individual has put in to get better for this season.
You were 10th in the MIAC in total tackles last fall as a freshman, but you’re 10th on your team this season. What’s your medical chart look?
I have been very injury prone this year, to say the least. During the third game of the season I broke my thumb and had to get two pins placed in it. The night after my first game back I started to get sick. I spent most of the next week in the hospital healing from a staph infection in my arm. Although this season has been frustrating individually, our team is doing much better than last year. The success of the team is far more important to me than how many tackles I get this season.
When do you expect to play again?
Due to the severity of the infection in my arm, I am currently getting IVs on a daily basis. While this is going on it’s not possible for me to play. Right now I am negotiating with my doctor in an effort to play as soon as possible. It is looking hopeful that I will get to play in the last two games of the season.
How difficult has it been to watch in street clothes after working so hard to get ready during the offseason?
Football practice is my favorite part of the day. In the times this year that I have not been able to play, I have gained a great appreciation for the times I can play. The old saying, “Play every snap like it could be your last” has never meant so much to me. So, although it has been terribly difficult not playing, I feel that this experience will only help to make me a better football player.
What’s your major? And your favorite class so far?
I am currently a Physics and Mathematics double major. My favorite class thus far in college has been Creative Drama. I never knew that it was possible to get college credit for acting goofy and having fun. I guess that is one of the perks to getting a liberal arts education.More from around the web
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