Matt Vanderbeek Sport: NFL Teams: Indianapolis Colts, Minnesota Vikings, Dallas Cowboys & Washington Redskins
Vanderbeek attended West Ottawa High School, where he practiced football and track. He received All-state honors as a senior. He accepted a football scholarship to play for Michigan State University. While at Michigan State University he was named an honorable mention All-Big Ten in 1989. As a junior, he became a starter at defensive end. As a senior, he posted 60 tackles (11 for loss), 2 sacks, 5 fumble recoveries, one forced fumble and earned honorable-mention All-Big Ten. He finished his college career with 119 career tackles, 21 tackles for loss, 5 quarterback sacks. Vanderbeek's NFL career began when he signed as a free agent in 1990 with the Indianapolis Colts. As rookie, he was converted into an inside linebacker, appearing in 16 games with 7 starts, while resitering 46 tackles. He started the last 4 games at left inside linebacker in place of a injured Fredd Young.