By Russ Owens
(WAOW)- Last Thursday, Merrill football star Sam Arneson made his dreams come true as he gave his commitment to play for the Wisconsin Badgers, a team he's followed since he was five years old.
Says Sam Arneson, "It's always been something I've wanted and for it to happen is just awesome."
Says Dave Arneson, "It's where he's wanted to go since day one and we were lucky enough to have enough good things happen so he could get that opportunity."
Says Merrill Head Coach Tom Tourtillott, "The bottom line is Sam is a very special athlete and he's worked hard to earn what he has."
And what better way to cap off that news for the tight end and three sport star than to head to Madison for the Badgers spring game to watch and meet some of the guys he'll be playing with in a couple years.
Says Sam Arneson, "You're down there watching the game, and you're like, that's gonna be me in a couple years, it's a great feeling. It was a lot of fun talking to the coaches more, meeting the guys that are on the team this year."
Says Dave Arneson, "They're all great kids, they're all tightly knit and I think they're gonna have a good group there."
What's even cooler is the fact he shared the experience with his father Dave who also suited up as a tight end for Wisconsin back in the 80's.
Says Dave Arneson, "It's kinda unique, a lot of times, a lot of former players think their kids are good enough to play where they played, but that's really unique. Al Toon has his kid playing there, but not everyone gets that opportunity."
With a huge weight off his shoulders now with the decision behind him, Arneson gets to re-focus for the rest of his days at Merrill and continue to improve.
Says Tourtillott, "Sam's not gonna be satisfied with just showing up and getting a scholarship, he wants to go down there and play and in order to do that, that means working hard."
Says Sam Arneson, "Definitely nice to get it out of the way so I can really focus on the upcoming season."
Online Reporter- Russ Owens