University of Wisconsin product Travis Frederick is feeling the school spirit this week, with the Badgers men’s basketball team in his newly adopted hometown for the Final Four, which kicks off Saturday at Cowboys Stadium.
“Yeah, that’s exciting,” Frederick told the team’s official website. “It’s been so long since they’ve been in the Final Four. I know I saw pictures of State Street, wish I would have been back there for that. It looked crazy, everybody celebrating. Wisconsin’s one of those schools that has such pride, and I mean every school has that, but I feel like Wisconsin’s one of those that’s on top, being a big party school and all that stuff, most of the students are really cheering for them.”
It’s been a big year for Frederick all around. And that might be an understatement.
This time last year, not only was Wisconsin not in the Final Four, Frederick wasn’t in the NFL. He was a prospect gearing up for the draft, where he was taken 31st overall by the Cowboys. The pick was criticized widely at the time, but Frederick silenced the doubters with a campaign that landed him on the All-Rookie team.
“It sure has, it’s been crazy,” Frederick said. “You come to know nothing is the same. The whole year was a whirlwind.”
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