MILWAUKEE (WITI) -- It's not easy to get the likes of Eddie Lacy, Mike McCarthy, Aaron Rodgers and Bo Ryan in one place at the same time -- but these sports figures and many others were in Milwaukee on Thursday night, April 24th for the Wisconsin Sports Awards program. The program honors athletes of all skill levels, from high school, to college, to the professional level.
The third Wisconsin Sports Awards program was held at the Kern Center in downtown Milwaukee.
The athletes on hand on Thursday night have huge accomplishments -- but they're also sports fans. The event gave them the opportunity to rub elbows with other athletes, walk the "blue carpet" and spend some quality time with their teammates.
"It's going to be cool to meet some people! We're all big Packers fans here, so it's cool to meet those guys. We already got to meet Aaron," Badgers guard Josh Gasser said.
"It's always good to see who shows up. It's good to see Bo (Ryan) coming off a great season. It's a great event. I think it's getting better every year -- obviously bigger. I think the carpet is about 40 feet longer than the last couple years combined, so that's good," Aaron Rodgers said.
"I just made a wrong turn and I saw this blue carpet and 'hey, there's a lot of people I know over there. Let's go in there,'" Ryan said.
"To get all of these people from high school, college and the professional ranks in the same building -- I think it's exciting," former Wave coach Keith Tozer said.
"I'm just happy to be here. I'm just excited to be here. I love Milwaukee," Green Bay Packers Head Coach Mike McCarthy said.
"I wish it was a red carpet! That'd be a little cooler," Badgers forward Sam Dekker said.
"You know, it's fun. You get people that you have the same connection -- sports," Bo Ryan said.
Packers running back Eddie Lacy needed a bit of help tying his tie -- as the athletes put on their Sunday best for the event.
"I'll be honest with you: I thought everybody knew how to tie a tie, and I remember when I went to college, guys used to have their ties hanging on a hanger. Hey, if you're going to go with a clip on, you've gotta do what you've gotta do, right?" McCarthy said.
The winners of awards on Thursday night are as follows: