By Lethbridge Herald on February 9, 2024.
By Justin Seward
LCI Rams defensive end/defensive tackle, Teagan Berberich, will be taking the next step in his football career as he signed the dotted line to play with the University of Calgary Dinos beginning next year on Thursday.
The road to this opportunity was not easy for Berberich as he dealt with a knee injury that he sustained in his Grade 9 year in spring camp.
“And so two years and four surgeries later, (I) decided to put on the cleats for (the) last half of the senior season and it turns out to be a pretty good decision this far,” said Berberich.
Berberich thought it was a big surprise when the opportunity came about.
“I think it was my second game when I first had my contacts with U of C and I don’t know, it was kind of weird,” he said.
Berberich felt the excitement going to Calgary.
“I like the campus, I like the team, (I)like the program, so I’m excited to get going,” he said.
What intrigued him about the Dinos was that he had former teammates go up and play for them.
He is hopeful to enrol in the Kinesiology program.
Perseverance came to mind for Dinos head coach Ryan Sheahan on what Berberich went through to get this point.
“I think sometimes in life, young people can just give up and they hit the hard road,” said Sheahan.
“But I’m proud of him. The way he’s bounced back and I think he’s got a bright future.”
The Dinos liked Berberich’s size, speed, aggression and character.
“Just spending time with Teagan’s family for a few moments before the big event here, I just knew we were getting a good one (and) confirmed all the conversations I’ve had with Dinos staff members,” said Sheahan.
“And he’s living up to the hype. The guy likes to run and hit. We need more guys like that.”
Berberich will be an edge rusher for the Dinos.
“He’s only going to start to swell up over the next few months and I’m looking forward to evaluating him and our roster when we take the field at the end of April,” said Sheahan.
Rams head coach Darren Majeran said Teagan really deserves it.
“Teagan has a special story,” said Majeran.
“He spent a few years injured and just to see him work hard and come back from his injuries is really meaningful to us and certainly him. And good for Teagan, we’re so excited for him, like couldn’t be more happy for him. Just a great story and we need some of that positivity.”