Aaron Rodgers is one of the athletes scheduled to attend the Wisconsin Sports Awards.
Photo by Adam Ryan Morris
Superstars like Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers and Milwaukee Brewers outfielder Ryan Braun will be suited up in designer jackets instead of game-day uniforms on Thursday. The event takes place inside a large, lavish assembly hall. And there’s a red carpet.
It’s like the Oscars for state sports.
The second annual Wisconsin Sports Awards, which will be held Thursday at the Harley-Davidson Museum, announced 15 confirmed guests this week, and it’s an illustrious list.
Past and present Packers make up almost half of the group, with Rodgers joined by pass-catching teammates Randall Cobb and Jermichael Finley, as well as defensive lineman Jerel Worthy. Mark Chmura, Ahman Green and Mark Tauscher, all of whom retired from the Green and Gold in the last 15 years, will also be in attendance.
Barry Alvarez, the former University of Wisconsin football coach and current Badgers athletic director, will sit alongside his predecessor, Pat Richter. And Montee Ball, who set an NCAA record for career touchdowns in 2012 and figures to be selected in next week’s NFL draft, will represent the Badgers, too.
Two players from the playoff-bound Milwaukee Bucks are scheduled to be in attendance: point guard Brandon Jennings and forward Larry Sanders, who always relishes the chance to put on a sharp suit. Braun, whose ballclub has a game scheduled earlier Thursday afternoon, is the only confirmed Brewer.
Marquette basketball coach Buzz Williams is on the list, his croaky voice presumably rested more than two weeks after that Elite Eight game in the NCAA Tournament. And former Pewaukee High School and Wisconsin Badgers standout J.J. Watt, now one of the most dynamic defensive players in the NFL for the Houston Texans, will be making a sort of homecoming at the awards ceremony.
It’s a star-studded group, to be sure. And the award for Best Dressed goes to…