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Former Badger, now Badger parent offers perspective on college football season

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Former Badgers safety Scott Nelson knows what it's like to not only play for Wisconsin, but cheer for the Badgers as a parent. As the Big Ten college football season appears to be hanging on by a thread, Nelson believes his son and teammates are safer from COVID-19 playing football.

Nelson played for Wisconsin in the 1990's. Now he cheers on his son Cooper, a wide receiver for the Badgers. Both are adapting to the idea of football not being the same this fall.

"I think he understands and if push came to shove he would do all he could like his teammates would do all they could to play," Scott said about his son.

"You see a lot of guys now Alec that say we want to play."

Many Wisconsin players voiced their thoughts on losing the season on social media on Monday.

Many players and their parents still have questions moving forward.

"If the season is cancelled, postponed or pushed to the spring, what does that mean for eligibility? Those kinds of things we are concerned about that I think we are asking on behalf of our kids," Nelson said.

The Wisconsin football team confirmed to WKOW that the team did practice on Monday.

If the team does continue to practice, Nelson thinks his son and teammates would be safer because they would be around medical personnel on a regular basis. He also thinks football should be played this fall.

"I think the best thing for them is for a captive audience, at school with medical personnel right there," said Nelson.

"Coaches planting the seed of you are accountable to us, we are accountable to you. I think the way athletes are driven at the collegiate level there is some strength behind that in numbers."

The Badgers are scheduled to host Indiana on Friday September 4.

Alec Ausmus

Sports reporter

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