Congratulations James Vandenberg: Signed by the Minnesota Vikings

James Vandenberg looks down the line prior to running a play at Kinnick in 2011.

Here is a shot I took of James Vandenberg as he looks down the line prior to running a play at Kinnick in 2011.

James Vandenberg, QB, was signed as a free agent after the 2013 NFL Draft by the Minnesota Vikings. James was a two-year starter at QB for the Hawkeyes. As a sophomore, he filled in admirably for an injured Ricky Stanzi in a game against Ohio State at the Horseshoe that decided the 2010 B1G Championship. While the Hawkeyes lost that game in overtime, that experience propelled him to a stellar junior season and expectations were sky high for a vey productive senior season in 2012. Unfortunately, James had to learn a new offense and the Hawks were never really able to execute a solid offensive game plan. As a result James suffered statistically and fell off the draft radar.

In addition to the picture above, below are some of my favorite shotes I have taken of James Vandenberg. Good luck in the NFL James.

Vandenberg looks to throw against Purdue in 2012 wearing the pro-combat uniform.

Vandenberg looks to throw against Purdue in 2012 wearing the pro-combat uniform.

James Vandenberg runs a naked bootleg play from the Hawkeyes' own end zone against Purdue in 2012.

James Vandenberg runs a naked bootleg play from the Hawkeyes’ own end zone against Purdue in 2012.

James Vandenberg is greeted by his mom and dad during Senior Day at Kinnick in 2012.

James Vandenberg is greeted by his mom and dad during Senior Day at Kinnick in 2012.

Here is the final touchdown scored by James Vandenberg during his Hawkeye career.  This play came on Black Friday against Nebraska in 2012.

Here is the final touchdown scored by James Vandenberg during his Hawkeye career. This play came on Black Friday against Nebraska in 2012. Sorry for the image quality. The crowd stood up just as I was shooting, so I played around with some editing effects.

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James celebrates his last touchdown as a Hawkeye with RB Mark Weismann.

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5 thoughts on “Congratulations James Vandenberg: Signed by the Minnesota Vikings

  1. I love that the Vikings signed James Vandenberg. Here is a kid who stuck around for his senior season after 11 of his Hawkeye teammates left for pro football after the 2012 season. His offensive line was bad, his receivers were horrible and the RB was a sad game of musical chairs until the walk-on, Weisman, took over late in the year. His receivers were dropping well thrown passes with regularity while on many occasions the blocking up frot was so bad that he was getting pressure on three step drops! Ultimately, the really dumb fans want to pin the 2012 Hawkeye’s woes on the easy scapegoat, Vandenberg, when they should be supporting this kid and wishing him the best. He did NOT have to stick around for his senior year and by all rights would have been justified by going pro adter his spectacular 2011 season.

  2. I agree! I am a Number One Fan of James Vandenberg! Of course I am from Keokuk, Iowa. You say where? Only the Best Home town where many Pro NFL Players can say; and James can repeat, “This is my Home Town.”, I observed James playing football where I use to play, KHS Calvert Stadium. I can honestly say, this is the first high school quarterback I have seen throw a straight fast spiral pass across down field 30 – 40 yards into his receivers hands, and not to mention his receiver caught the ball! James went onto college football at a great college of NFL standouts and had a great seasons with the exception of his senior year. As the statement is repeated,”you are as strong as your weakest link.”, and as the previous reporter had mentioned the reasons for his worst season ever were for many reasons, but not because of James’ performance. I was in total shock when my wife and I attended one his senior home games and the home crowd booed James. I could not believe that these fans were so short in intelligence! I believe James will go on to have a fantastic Pro NFL career. James Keokuk stands behind you. Just saying as One of your Number One Fans.

    • Hi Glen. Thanks for stopping by the blog. I hope nothing but the best for James. Although I’m not a Vikings fan per se, I do watch Greenway and Ballard when I can, and hope James can continue building on the recent Hawkeye success in Minnesota.

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