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Vandenberg’s bear remains a hot topic

[ 7 ] June 13, 2012 |

IOWA CITY, Ia. – Some people already are criticizing Iowa quarterback James Vandenberg, and the season is still three months away.

While most feedback regarding the black bear he killed with a bow and arrow this spring has been positive, there has been criticism.

“I have heard about negative feedback, but I haven’t seen any,” Vandenberg said Wednesday, speaking for the first time publically about bagging a bear.

“What I’m going to end up having is a big black rug with claws.”

Vandenberg, his family and teammate Nick Nielsen hunted in northern Saskatchewan last month.

“Five of us went on the trip,” he said. “We were five-for-five getting bears.”

Vandenberg’s catch become so Internet viral that it was a topic of conversation while he worked at last weekend’s Iowa Ladies Football Academy at Kinnick Stadium.

“I had about 100 women ask about it, asking if I was making them a rug or a dress,” Vandenberg said.

He’s not making them dresses, and he’s keeping the rug.

“I’ll find someplace to put it,” he said.

Coach Kirk Ferentz acknowledged the potential for negative feedback during his first face-to-face meeting with Vandenberg after the trip.

A photo from Twitter of James Vandenberg standing over a black bear.

“When I got back, his first words were “man, you’re a controversial quarterback,” Vandenberg said.

Teammates, like linebacker Christian Kirksey, were near Vandenberg when he re-told the story to reporters Wednesday.

“I can’t imagine being even close to a bear,” he said. “I just know our quarterback is very aggressive – and that’s a good thing.”


Category: Iowa Hawkeyes Football

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