PHILADELPHIA - Three-time All-Ivy offensive lineman, Greg Van Roten, W'12, signed with the defending Super Bowl champion Seattle Seahawks on Feb. 14. The former University of Pennsylvania football standout won two Ivy League championships (2009, 2010) with the Quakers and spent the last two seasons with the Green Bay Packers.
Van Roten was an undrafted free agent when he signed with the Green Bay Packers shortly after graduation. The Rockville Center, N.Y., native played in 13 games for the Packers, including three playoff appearances before suffereing a season-ending foot injury at the start of the 2013 campaign. He was signed by the Seahawks just three days after his release from the Packers.
The 2011 unanimous first-team All-Ivy selection was forced to switch between the tackle and guard position midway through his senior season due to injuries along the line, but due to his versatility, Penn's offense did not miss a beat. Quarterback Billy Ragone finished with the fifth-best individual offensive season in program history (2,284 yards of total offense).
Van Roten, who was also an All-Ivy honoree as a sophomore (honorable mention) and junior (first team), anchored the top rushing and scoring offense in the Ivy League in 2010. That year, the Quakers finished with the sixth-best rushing attack in the FCS and the second-best rushing season in program history.
Van Roten and the 2011 Penn seniors finished their careers with a 28-12 record overall, including a 23-5 mark against the Ivy League. They won two Ivy League titles, were just the third team to ever put together back-to-back undefeated Ivy seasons, and won 18 consecutive Ivy League games - the second-longest streak in league history.