MADISON, Wis. (WMTV) - On Saturday at the Nebraska-Wisconsin football game, over seventy former players and coaches will take the field.
All of them are from the 1993-94 Badger football season, which 25 years ago went on to win a Big Ten title and the Rose Bowl.
“They were the ones that turned the program around and will always be recognized as such,” says Wisconsin 1993-94 Head Coach Barry Alvarez.
When Alvarez took over the program, Wisconsin didn’t have the same football success it does today.
Before 1993, the Badgers only had one bowl win and twenty regular season wins in seven previous seasons.
“We had gone 5-6 for two seasons and had come really close to being bowl eligible,” remembers Scott Nelson, a safety on the 1993 team.
Alvarez remembers his group has tough.
“They weren’t intimidated by anyone or any team,” the current Wisconsin Athletic Director recalls, “It didn’t make any difference who they played against, they were going to give it their best shot.”
The team’s best shot ended with a celebration in Pasadena and a personal victory for the free safety.
Nelson now works as a teacher and assistant football coach at Sun Prairie High School.
On January 1st, 1994, Nelson celebrated the Rose Bowl victory and asked his girlfriend to marry him.
“You go from winning the rose bowl and celebrating that excitement to dropping on one knee and seeing her jaw drop wide open,” he remembers with a smile. “So I was lucky, I had two great memories.”
All those memories will come flooding back for Nelson, Alvarez, and the rest of the team this weekend.
IN addition to getting recognized during halftime, the team will get to attend a Friday practice and pre-game reception on Saturday.