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A pair of Amherst natives take the field together for the Rose Bowl

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When the Badgers take the field for this year's Rose Bowl, it could be the last game a pair of Amherst natives play together.

It's been a few years since Tyler Biadasz and Garrett Groshek patrolled the Amherst field, helping the Falcons earn three straight state titles.

"It goes quick," Mark Lusic, Amherst football head coach, said. "To be honest with you, I've only been to five games in their whole career, and I look back and say I should've gone to more probably."

Tyler and Garrett have played key roles in getting Wisconsin to the Rose Bowl for the first time since 2013.

Tyler, in particular, has enjoyed a lot of success. He was just named the top center in the country.

"I had a feeling he'd be a Big Ten player by his sophomore year, and I thought he'd be a star, or a chance for an All-American by his junior year in high school," Lusic said. "He's worked his tail off. Everything he's earned and received he's worked his butt off to get. I'm proud of him."

While Garrett may be coming back for his senior season, it appears Tyler may be heading to the NFL.

No matter his decision, it's apparent no level of success has made him forget where he comes from.

"I hope those guys are proud," Biadasz said. "It's a small town, and you can make it. You can dream big, go for it. It's awesome to think. You think about how the process you got there. It's been a long road, and just truly grateful for them, and all those guys."

There's no shortage of pride coming from Amherst: pride at the football players they've become, but more importantly, the people they've become.

"They're great people," Lusic said. "Truth is, they're better people than they're football players. I've been saying that since I've met them. They're tremendous people. Whatever they do after college, or whenever their careers end, they will do great things."

Their last run together or not, this chance at a first Rose Bowl victory since 2000 is a meaningful one.

"This is our last game of the season, and you always leave it all out there, no matter what the case is after that," Biadasz said. Just excited to go out with my guys again. And make it a better outcome. Come out with a win, Rose Bowl Champs, not a lot of people can say that. So, just extremely grateful for that too."

Sydney Jones

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