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Gopher William VanDeSteeg was born September 22, 1985 in Silver Lake, Minnesota to Cheire Ruzicka. He graduated in 2004 from Glencoe-Silver Lake High School in Minnesota where he was coached by Dave Dose.
In high school, VanDeSteeg was an all-state performer and two-time all-conference selection, an all-area choice by the Associated Press and was named all-metro by KARE-11 and KSTP local news stations. William VanDeSteeg was named Glencoe-Silver Lake’s Defensive Lineman of the Year in his senior season after making 75 tackles with 20 sacks and five forced fumbles.
As a University of Minnesota Golden Gopher, William VanDeSteeg decided to redshirt in 2004 and made 2005 his freshman season. As a Gopher freshman, VanDeSteeg played in 10 games including one start against Iowa. He participated in 313 plays where he recorded 25 tackles, three tackles-for-loss, two pass breakups and a blocked field goal attempt. He earned his first letter and played against Virginia in the Music City Bowl where he produced two solo tackles.
As a Gophers football sophomore, William VanDeSteeg really turned up the heat on opposing teams, especially opposing quarterbacks. VanDeSteeg recorded 10 sacks which places him fifth in school history for single-season sacks and is the most by a sophomore in school history. He got 4 of those sacks during the intense game vs. Big 10 rival Michigan State Wolverines. VanDeSteeg ended the season tied for the league lead in sacks during Big Ten Conference play with seven and was ranked second overall in the conference with his 10 sacks and tied for sixth with 14.5 tackles for loss. He earned All-Big Ten Second Team honors and once again lettered with the University of Minnesota football program. VanDeSteeg played in the Insight Bowl against Texas Tech where he recorded four tackles, a sack and forced a fumble. He participated in 923 plays and definitely took on the role of a leader for the Gopher Defense.
In 2007, VanDeSteeg had the honor of becoming the only junior to serve as one of Minnesota’s five team captains. However, his season was overshadowed by a broken bone in his wrist that occured just prior to the season opener. In spite of this wrist problem, VanDeSteeg still managed to collect 29 tackles (20 solo).
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After graduating with a degree in communications, William Vandesteeg was signed to the Baltimore Ravens in 2008.
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