Wednesday, May 2, 2012
Badgers sign a legacy
The Panos legacy lives on at the University of Wisconsin.
George Panos, the son of former captain Joe Panos, committed to the Badgers as the first member of the Class of 2014 on Saturday afternoon, announcing his intentions in a Twitter post.
The 6-foot-5, 290-pound offensive lineman from Hartland Arrowhead, who has been a varsity starter each of his first two seasons in high school, was offered a scholarship prior to the start of Saturday's spring intrasquad game and promptly accepted.
He posted his intentions on Twitter, a development reported by BadgerNation.com, a Scout.com site.
"I'm gonna be a Badger #livingthedream #OnWisconsin," George Panos tweeted.
Panos received an offer from Nebraska on Friday, but decided to follow in the footsteps of his father.
Joe Panos, a Brookfield East graduate, attended UW-Whitewater as a freshman but transferred to Wisconsin and became a starter at left tackle for the Badgers, and was influential in their run to the 1994 Rose Bowl title.
His statement, "Why not Wisconsin?" following a strong start to the 1993 campaign became a rallying cry for the Badgers, who snapped a 31-year drought as Big Ten champs and brought home UW's first-ever win in Pasadena.
Joe Panos, a third-round draft choice of the Philadelphia Eagles in 1994 who played six seasons in the NFL, is a player agent — he represents two former Badgers in this year's class, Kevin Zeitler (who went to Cincinnati in the first round) and Josh Oglesby — and also coaches the offensive line at Hartland Arrowhead.
Let's hope he turns out to be better than his dad. GO BUCKY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!