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Big Foot High School faces big dilemma: root for hometown hero or Packers?

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WALWORTH (WKOW) -- Overlooking the cafeteria at Big Foot High School is memorabilia of one of the school's most accomplished alums., former Badger and current Cowboy Travis Frederick, whose stardom began here.


"Travis was definitely a man among boys in high school. You could sense he was almost a little bit timid because he was afraid he was going to hurt someone," Big Foot athletic director Tim Collins said.


At Big Foot, Frederick was an all-state lineman, a state runner-up and first player in the school's history to have his number retired.


"He set the bar not only for Big Foot, but for the entire conference. He set the standard that everyone's going to try to live up to," Collins said.


Like for Big Foot senior Will Utesch, a wrestler and football player who idolizes Frederick, as a kid who has grown up through the same system.


"He's a big motivator to kids. Kids want to be like Travis Frederick. Especially linemen, they want to get big, we have a big legacy here. It's unbelievable that I know an NFL player"


"It's almost surreal, you see him running out into Camp Randall and you're like that's Travis. Now you see him playing in the NFL. My wife and I plan our Sunday schedule around the Packers schedule and the Cowboys schedule," Collins said.


This weekend, it's just one game they'll have to watch, but it causes a bit of a predicament, as the people around Big Foot are fans of Frederick, but proud Packers too.


"I think it's going to be very difficult because we all love Travis. We know he's a great guy and a great player, but we're Packer backers," Big Foot principal secretary Chrys Hovestol said.


"I hope the Packers win, I'm a Packers die-hard fan, but I hope Travis does well and there's not a doubt in my mind he will, " Collins said.


"Just never thought it would come this quick that he would be in Green Bay playing. You can hear it in my voice, it's just really exciting," Hovestol said.


The Packers host the Cowboys this Sunday at 12:05 pm CT.

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