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Erickson working for opportunity in NFL

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MADISON (WKOW) -- Former Badgers wide receive Alex Erickson is once again fighting for an opportunity,
"It's all there for you. If you're willing to work for it, willing to sacrifice I think anything can happen," Erickson said.
His 77 receptions in 2015 was one short of the school record at Wisconsin. Still Erickson has been overlooked. No invite to any of the showcase bowl games and no invite to the NFL Combine.
"I was disappointed obviously with the combine, but there's nothing you can do about it. It's not my decision."

Nothing really new for the small-town kid, who had to walk-on at Wisconsin.
"Right where I was when I came to school. People didn't think I was going to be able to do it. You just keep working"
That's what Erickson's doing now. Working with his former quarterback Joel Stave several times a week at the UW facilities.
"It's all on your own now. You don't have a strength staff, having scheduled times. It's a matter of holding yourself accountable. I think from that aspect I'm fine, it's just about coming out here getting better. You can never have enough work getting in and out of cuts."
Every route is part of yet another up-hill battle Erickson is facing to achieve his latest dream, but now he does so with some encouraging words recently given to him by an NFL coach.

"It doesn't matter how you got here, it's what you do when you're here. That's something I've tried to keep in my mind through this whole process whether I do get drafted, whether I don't get drafted it doesn't matter as long as you're there it's what you do. All I can ask for is an opportunity and what I do with that opportunity is on me," Erickson said.

Erickson has met with the Minnesota Vikings and has a meeting planned with the Cincinnati Bengals. The 2016 NFL Draft begins on April 28.

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