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Badgers Ogunbowale gives powerful speech at Big Ten Media Days

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CHICAGO, Ill. (WKOW) -- When the Badgers made the trip to Chicago for Big Ten Media Day, a lot was on the mind of fifth-year senior Dare Ogunbowale. The running back was selected to give the keynote address at the kickoff luncheon on Tuesday, and his message was a powerful one.

"If we could use our qualities to take command of society just as we do on the field. We can make a big difference, " the senior proclaimed in front of coaches, players, and media at the Hyatt Regency McCormick Place.

"We are all leaders. So the next time you hear someone react to what's going on in the world by saying, "Somebody should do something."  Know that you have everything that it takes to be that somebody."

After thanking the audience and throwing in the classic "On Wisconsin", the crowd erupted.

Head coach Paul Chryst, who watched from the crowd, echoing the crowds response during his podium time with the media.

"It was impressive and I thought he did a great job, "Chryst said to reporters, "It's kind of his story. I've been impressed with the more I'm around Dare and get to know him. I think he's a special individual." 


Teammate and fellow senior Sojourn Shelton expressed the same opinion.

"Us as athletes and us as people, you know we have to some how, some way try to make a difference, " Shelton added, "And you know, I thought his speech was perfect. I think a lot of people in that luncheon could take a lot from it."

Ogunbowale said he was inspired by the racial tension and violence across the country, stating he was not mad or upset but  "disappointed" by society’s inability to see through the differences in each other. Using his story of being a last-minute walk-on and transforming himself into the Badgers starting running back last season, Ogunbowale relayed the message that everyone can take advantage of the opportunities they have been given and make the best of them. 

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