Vince Biegel has just one season left in Madison.
So leading up to it, the Wisconsin senior linebacker wrote an essay for the Players’ Tribune called “Here’s to You, Madison.” He details his recruitment and why choosing the Badgers was easier than he thought, plus what he loves about the town and school he’s called home for the last four years.
The fans are why we play, this place is why we play. Madison is well known as one of the best college towns in America, and it’s easy to explain why. But words don’t really cut it. You just have to feel it, to live it.
If you haven’t been to a night game at Camp Randall … put that on your bucket list. You won’t regret it.
Biegel was a third-team All-Big Ten selection last season, and made watchlists for the Bednarik, Butkus and Nagurski awards this preseason. He made 66 tackles, including 14 for loss, and 8 sacks in 2015.
Biegel was a 4-star recruit out of Lincoln High School in Wisconsin Rapids, Wisc., just more than 100 miles to Madison.
It’s our responsibility, and our privilege, to represent the University of Wisconsin. We’re a group of hard-working young men who weren’t necessarily four- or five-star recruits. We’re not all phenoms coming out of high school. But we aren’t afraid to work, and that’s how we beat people. Every single day we approach this game with the same lunch-pail mentality as the generations of Wisconsin players who came before us. We’re going to do everything in our power to uphold the tradition of Badger football, and to ensure it lives on long after we leave this town. I’ve played — and lived — the Badger way since day one. I will continue to do so until I walk out of Camp Randall for the final time.
Biegel’s story for the Players’ Tribune also included an important announcement — he’s bringing back his mullet this fall.