ALEX ERICKSON DIDN'T CATCH A PASS SUNDAY, BUT HE
MADE HIS N.F.L. DEBUT ON THE ROSTER OF THE CINCINNATI
BENGALS..IT'S BEEN QUITE A JOURNEY - FROM BEING A
QUARTERBACK AT DARLINGTON HIGH SCHOOL TO A WALK-ON
AT WISCONSIN TO NOW, THE N.F.L... NEWS 3'S MELISSA
KIM VISITED ERICKSON'S HOMETOWN OF DARLINGTON WHERE
HE IS SPARKING MOTIVATION WITH FUTURE GENERATIONS.
DARLINGTON, WISCONSIN. POPULATION 2451. BUT ALL IT
TOOK - ONE GUY - TO INSPIRE THIS TOWN.
I've never seen Bengals jerseys around before and
there are multiple of them this year.
WHILE DARLINGTON HEAD FOOTBALL COACH SCOTT ZYWICKI
IS STICKING TO A REDBIRDS JERSEY FOR NOW, WORDS CAN'T
EXPLAIN HOW PROUD HE IS OF ALEX.
You can't describe it. I get teary eyes when I talk
about my kids - they're family - .
PART OF THAT PRIDE - KNOWING THAT HE LEARNED HIS WORK
ETHIC RIGHT HERE ON THIS FIELD.
He was always a good athlete, he has developed into
a great athlete.
Went from a 4.6-something that he ran here to 4.4
at his pro day - that's through nothing but hard work
THOSE TRAITS AREN'T GOING UNNOTICED.
I think this year I've got more kids that are looking
to go on and play college - where normally I might
have one or two, I've got about six or seven that
are looking to go on.
AMONG THEM - SENIOR RUNNING BACK HUNTER JOHNSON -
WHO HASN'T FORGOTTEN WHAT ALEX DID AROUND HERE.
THere would be nights where I didn't go watch Darlington
versus Cuba City, I went to watch Alex Erickson versus
AND LIKE ALEX, HUNTER WILL WALK ONTO THE BADGERS FOOTBALL
TEAM - HOPING TO BE THE NEXT DARLINGTON NATIVE TO
FOLLOW IN HIS FOOTSTEPS.
Coming from a small town, everybody kinda just throws
you under the belt, but Alex, he beat the odds
TO CONTINUE THE IMPACT MADE BY ONE PERSON.. IN A TOWN
I think the whole area is very proud of the kinds
of kids we produce for our communities.
We've had great influences on us around here in Darlington
and I just want to carry on the tradition
IN DARLINGTON, MELISSA KIM, NEWS 3 SPORTS.