EAGLE RIVER - Austin Ramesh came back to Eagle River this week to get in a few more workouts before heading to southern California for the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl.
He knows fullbacks don't often get invited. But he plans on making as big of an impact as possible, before the draft.
"First or second grade, you say what you want to do in your life and that's what I said. A lot of people say you can't do it or they say to set a realistic goal and for me, it was," said Ramesh.
That goal lead him to a standout career at Northland Pines, then a jump to Madison to play for the Badgers.
"My best memory was the first time I ran out of the tunnel with my family, that was a pretty emotional game," said Ramesh.
Ramesh started four years for Wisconsin while the Badger won four bowl games, including beating Miami a few weeks ago. But he doesn't want his career to end here.
"I decided right now with my life that I want to try and play in the NFL," said Ramesh.
Getting there could be boosted thanks to an invitation to the collegiate bowl later this month.
"Hopefully they'll use a fullback, if not, I'll try and get on the field maybe as a halfback, a tight end, or something, play a lot of special teams, just try and stand out in practice and in the game," said Ramesh.
Ramesh says it was always his dream to play at Wisconsin. But he has one more dream he wants to check off his list - playing in Green Bay.
Reaching that destination will take even more drive, something a man who spent years running over tacklers has plenty more to spare.
"That would be a dream come true, obviously. I've been watching the Packers my whole life, just like Wisconsin," said Ramesh.
Two things that Austin added was that he feels the best he's ever felt physically right now. And he loves coming home to Land O' Lakes to see everyone.
The NFLPA Collegiate Bowl is Saturday, January 20th at 3:00 P.M. and will be on Fox Sports 1.
CRANDON - Forest County Sheriff's Deputy Craig Justice was justified in shooting and killing 31-year-old Brandon Cude on Jan. 4, Forest County District Attorney Chuck Simono ruled Friday.
The Wisconsin Department of Justice released the results of its investigation in the case, and Simono's decision, Friday afternoon.
The DOJ documents detail how Cude swung a shotgun at Justice at close range. The deputy had just learned Cude had felony warrants against him, and Justice was trying to arrest Cude. Justice fired four shots on the scene, a rural road south of Crandon.
"He didn't get a shot off?" a fellow officer asked Justice after the shooting.
"No. He tried, though. Pulled that sucker out and pointed it right at me," Justice replied in an exchange recorded on a body camera.
EAGLE RIVER - Vilas County officers can now respond to active shooter calls better prepared.
All deputies and patrol offices now have access to steel-plated body armor, something only the Vilas County SWAT Team had before.
"We want to make sure our staff are fully protected," said Vilas County Sheriff's Office Captain Gerard Ritter. "I never want to see anything happen to any one of my staff. And we should outfit them with the protection they need."
Before the new body armor, Ritter said officers and deputies only had access to soft body armor.
"The weave material is designed to stop or slow down a projectile," said Ritter.
Officers will still wear the soft-bodied armor every day, but in active shooter situations, officers can now essentially double up on protection, protection once only offered to the SWAT Team.
"There has been an increase in active shooter incidences across the United States," said Ritter.
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