Athlete of the Week: Colin Wussow

Senior commits to play at UW-River Falls

Athlete: Colin Wussow

Sport: Football

Position: Offensive lineman

School: Bonduel High School

Year: Senior

Colin Wussow committed to continue his athletic career playing football at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls next year after setting a goal his freshman season to play in college. The offensive lineman was named to the Central Wisconsin Conference-Large first team on offense and second team on defense. He was also voted lineman of the year by his coaches and teammates. Wussow started every game in his junior and senior seasons and was on varsity all four years at Bonduel. While at UW-River Falls, Wussow plans on studying agricultural business and dairy science.

Q What’s your favorite part about playing football?

A I enjoy the camaraderie from being on a team. There is a bond between those football players that is hard to describe but is a great feeling. We all tend to watch out for each other and help others when needed.

Q What made you choose River Falls?

A At the beginning of my search, I really liked the campus, facilities and the staff. They also offer one of the best agriculture business majors, which was a huge determination factor. There were about five other schools that contacted me, however I believe the education goals I have set for myself are best matched at UW-River Falls. Their football team hosts several community service events which also impressed me because I enjoy helping others.

Q How do you feel knowing you get to continue your football career?

A I feel blessed with the opportunity. Many people have helped me reach this point in my life and I thank them for their help and guidance.

Q What do you think gives you an edge-up as a lineman over other players?

A The passion I have for football has been life long and I am dedicated to it all year long. I participated in wrestling to help me understand more about leverage and proper body positions, which in turn help to be a better lineman.

Q What is your favorite memory of playing Bonduel football?

A There are several to choose from. At the top of the list would be beating Iola-Scandinavia this year and saying we beat a state runner-up. We also won against Shiocton the last three years of my football career.

Q Did you have any pregame rituals?

A For away games, I would go to Kwik Trip and pick up a chicken tender sandwich and a Powerade to eat and drink before the game. Prior to the game, I would listen to AC/DC and other rock music. My mom also would make a pasta dish for Thursday night supper and I would eat that again for game day lunch.

Q What athlete do you look up to and why?

A I look up to Jordy Nelson. He grew up a farm child like myself and is still able to farm while playing the sport he loves. He also is an active supporter of the community and helping others in need.

Q What’s your favorite part of growing up in Bonduel?

A Growing up in Bonduel, you always have the support of the community. The members will go out of their way to help kids succeed. For example, we had meals sponsored throughout the season and everyone was very grateful for that.

Q What’s your favorite thing to do in your free time?

A My free time consists of working on my family’s dairy farm where we milk Jerseys and Holsteins. Along with that, my family operates a custom harvesting business so either I am working on the farm or working with that business. I am also very involved in 4-H and FFA (nonprofit organizations), so those activities take up any extra time.

Q Do you have a favorite quote or verse?

A “Leaders aren’t born, they are made. And they are made just like anything else, through hard work. And that’s the price we’ll have to pay to achieve that goal, or any goal.” — Vince Lombardi