I completely missed this Sports Illustrated feature story in October about Green Bay\’s own Jay DeMerit. DeMerit has taken the English Premier Soccer League by storm in a time where – let\’s face it – Americans aren\’t exactly overly popular. Aside from that, he\’s a self made star and a was a longshot to make it big.

I\’m not a huge soccer fan, but I do know being a star in the English Premier league makes you one of the biggest sports icons in the world. Reading the story about how DeMerit worked his way up through the ranks to where he is now is inspirational – and Wisconsin is lucky enough to call him our own.