Austin Ramesh prepares for NFL Draft and Collegiate BowlSubmitted: 01/11/2018
Katie Leszcynski
Katie Leszcynski
Sports Reporter/Anchor

Austin Ramesh prepares for NFL Draft and Collegiate Bowl
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. 

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