The University of Wisconsin football team got a surprise visit after practice from the most famous trophy in all of sports, and the man who brought it to Madison.
As Badgers coach Bret Bielema called the players toward him, a limousine drove on the field from the south end zone, carrying former UW men's hockey player Adam Burish.
It was the thing Burish was carrying — he emerged from the car and hoisted the Stanley Cup over his head — that got the players the most fired up.
Burish, who was a member of the NHL champion Chicago Blackhawks this past year, spent a couple minutes talking to the team, then hung around for about 20 minutes.
"It was fun for me to come out and talk to the guys," he said. "I've been fortunate enough to win (an NCAA) championship here at Wisconsin and now to win a Stanley Cup. They listened to me for two minutes, some thoughts I had about what makes a team special and what allows you to do something special as a group of guys.
"It was cool. They were into it. I see these big guys lying on the ground, checking out the Stanley Cup, it was pretty neat."
Perhaps the most excited player was senior quarterback Scott Tolzien, who is from Rolling Meadows, Ill., and a big Blackhawks fan.
Senior guard Bill Nagy is a roommate of Tolzien's and started watching NHL games as a result.
"I found myself cheering for the other team, just to get under (Tolzien's) skin," Nagy said. "But I like the Blackhawks."