Badger fans from the 1990s remember the name Scott Nelson. The four-year starter at safety was part of the 1993 Big Ten championship team that won the 1994 Rose Bowl Championship team. Nelson started in 39 games and ended his career on numerous UW record lists, including a top 15 place in tackles (323), fifth in interceptions (14), and tied for first in fumbles recovered (7). He was selected second-team All-Big Ten as a junior and received the Ivan B. Williamson Scholastic Award as a senior.
YEARS AT WISCONSIN: 1989-1993
HOMETOWN: Sun Prairie, Wis.
CURRENT ADDRESS (CITY): Sun Prairie, Wis.
CURRENT FAMILY: wife Becky (13 years), son Cooper (7), daughter Landry (6)
What have you been doing since graduating and where are you living and working now
a. Graduated from Western Michigan with a masters degree in Athletic Management
b. Worked in the UW Athletic Department for 2 years prior to becoming the Athletic Director at Sun Prairie High School (1999-2005)
c. Worked for Paul Costanzo, at Recruiting Pro Software. Paul was the Director of Basketball Operations for former UW mens basketball coach Dick Bennett.
d. I have been working for Hallman Lindsay Paints as the Human Resources manager since 2006.
e. Most of what I am doing now is enjoying spending time with my wife and kids, enjoying work, and enjoying the success of Wisconsin athletics as a whole.
Is football still a part of your life, how so
Yes, I have had the pleasure of coaching my sons flag football team. I also have been a part of the pre- and post-game radio show for Badger Sport Properties and worked three years as the color commentator for the state-wide public television tape delayed broadcast of Wisconsin football.
How has your academic experience and/or your degree from UW assisted you in your chosen career
I think the discipline of going to class, heading to practice, watching game and practice film, heading home to study, then getting up and doing it all over again, I am not sure there is a better training ground for after your playing career is done. In our business you need to adjust to the demands of your customers and give them the best possible service around. Much like when producing in the classroom, or on the field, your best effort is the only effort that is acceptable.
What is your fondest memory as a student-athlete
The entire 1993 season, running out of the tunnel on senior day against Ohio State and seeing my parents at midfield. They were there every step of the way (my father traveled to every single game during my four years playing), the trip to Tokyo where we beat Michigan State and capped of the season with the first Rose Bowl victory over UCLA in 1994.
What was your favorite moment on the football field
a. I have two, first is the first college start of my career against Iowa, at Kinnick Stadium. I tallied 23 tackles and had my first collegiate interception.
b. The second, asking for my wifes hand in marriage on the field of the Rose Bowl after we defeated UCLA.
Do you still currently follow UW football
We have season tickets. Being in the stands is much harder than battling on the field. Way too many coaches for me in the stands.
What do you miss most about being a UW football player
I miss running out the tunnel in the middle of the student section. It still gives me goose bumps when I walk down the hill to the field, not to mention your teammates. They are why you do what you do every day. There is a brotherhood that no one can understand unless you have been through the daily grind.
What was/is the best part about being a Badger
Game Day atmosphere. You cant beat it.
What was your favorite part of campus Where did you spend most of your time
a. The Memorial Union (great ice cream and a great view).
b. I spent most of my time at the library, of course.
What advice would you give current student athletes
I would offer this, enjoy every moment. Take it in and learn from it. That means good or bad. Never become complacent; never settle for anything but the best from you or your teammates. It is you who is on the playing field, not your coach. You are the one responsible for your actions, your effort, and your results.
I carry around a saying that my older brother sent to me while he was attending the Air Force Academy, Today I gave all that I have. What I have kept, I have lostFOREVER. Find something you have a passion for and live it every day.
Finally, call your parents. Tell them you love them!