Football: Family rivalry kicking off for Redington brothers

Former Rochelle football players Ben (left) and Danny Redington (right) will line up on opposite sides of the gridiron this coming season. Danny will enter his junior year at Wisconsin-Platteville, while Ben will be a freshman at Wisconsin-Eau Claire. (Courtesy photo)

Ben's UW-Eau Claire Blugolds square off with Danny's UW-Platteville Pioneers on Oct. 26

Former Rochelle offensive lineman Danny Redington will have a rare opportunity to see a familiar face on the opposite side of the football field when he suits up for his junior season with the Wisconsin-Platteville Pioneers this coming fall.

An NIB-12 All-Conference First Team tackle with the Hubs, Redington has spent his last two years with the Pioneers. As he gears up for his first season as an upperclassman, Redington will likely have Saturday, Oct. 26 marked on his calendar. That’s when Platteville travels to face Wisconsin-Eau Claire, where his younger brother Ben will soon begin his college football career.

“Facing Ben’s team will carry a bit of extra excitement, and it will be a great moment for our family,” Redington said. “He has played this sport as long as I have and at the same levels I have. He knows how much work it takes. The one thing I told him is to not let the college level be intimidating, because it’s still just football. There’s nothing for him to worry about.”

A mountainous man standing 6 feet 8 inches tall and weighing 332 pounds, Danny Redington played tackle over his first season with the Pioneers before transitioning to the interior of the offensive line his sophomore year. While the change was different for Redington, he said switching positions has helped create a new mindset moving forward.

“I felt my sophomore season went well as far as the strides I made as an athlete,” Redington said. “I feel as though I improved mentally more than anything else. Switching to an interior line position has brought with it a new mindset, one that I feel much more comfortable with. Though I’ll still keep the playbooks fresh in my mind, my focus now is to continue getting better physically.”

The Pioneers will kick off the 2019 season with a home game against East Texas Baptist on Saturday, Sept. 7. Redington and his teammates will be seeking to build off their 4-6 record during the 2018 season, which included topping East Texas Baptist 59-44 on the road. Redington said the 28-hour round-trip experience was the best of his collegiate career.

“The best part about college football is undoubtedly getting to know my teammates,” Redington said. “Calling the bond with my teammates a brotherhood is no exaggeration. My absolute favorite experience so far was the bus ride to Texas for our first game last season. It was long, but going home with a win and sharing the experience was all worth it.”

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