It’s getting to be that time, folks.
The bittersweet time where you’re excited for one more Wisconsin football game of the year, however you come to the realization that it will indeed be the last time some of your favorite Badgers will be putting on the pads for the Cardinal and White.
Luckily, some of them won’t be lacing up the cleats for the last time, as up to this point, seven seniors have accepted invitations to some of the multiple post-season all-star games for senior collegians seeking a career in the NFL.
In years past, several of the circuit’s games have been attended by Badgers. Last season, Vince Biegel and Corey Clement played in the Reese’s Senior Bowl, Dare Ogunbowale participated in the East-West Shrine Game, and Robert Wheelwright showcased his talents at the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl.
This season, seven have accepted invites thus far. Here’s the early list:
Reese’s Senior Bowl (Jan. 27; Mobile, Ala.)
- TE Troy Fumagalli
- OLB Garret Dooley
East-West Shrine Game (Jan. 20; St. Petersburg, Fla.)
- DL Conor Sheehy
- DL Alec James
- OLB Leon Jacobs
- S Natrell Jamerson
NFLPA Collegiate Bowl (Jan. 20; Carson, Calif.)
- FB Austin Ramesh
While admittedly the Senior Bowl is the highest profile of the games, all three of the games feature future NFL talent. These are prime opportunities for these soon-to-be former Badger football players to show their talents in front of NFL scouts, executives, and coaches. Look for more Badgers to potentially be added to these games as they approach, as attrition always takes a toll on the athletes, and alternates are flown in on short notice throughout the practice weeks.