Thu Apr 07 04:24pm EDT
Wisconsin forward Mike Bruesewitz has shed his trademark ginger fro.
Hoping to raise money for the fight against multiple sclerosis, Bruesewitz agreed to wake up at 5:30 a.m. to have his head shaved by teammate Jon Leuer live on WKOW-TV on Wednesday morning. His goal was to raise $3,100 in honor of his No. 31 jersey, a target he has already exceeded by $300 in a mere 24 hours.
The idea to raise money to fight multiple sclerosis came to Bruesewitz when he learned about an upcoming on-campus walk for the same cause. MS affected Bruesewitz's aunt and several family friends, so he jumped at the chance to contribute.
"After the season, I knew I was going to cut my hair," Bruesewitz said. "I was thinking about just going over to Jon's apartment one afternoon, hanging out and having him cut it, but a couple people asked me to do something else for it because I'd gotten a lot of notoriety for my hair this year."
Bruesewitz's curly red locks have been in the news all season, especially the past few weeks. The revelation that his mom permed his hair caused a stir, as did photos that circulated on the Internet last week of Bruesewitz rocking some stylish red cornrows.
During an interview with The Big 1070 in Madison this week, Bruesewitz wasn't ready to reveal what his hairstyle will be next season.
"There's no definitive plans," he said. "The mullet [has been brought up]. I think I could probably rock it for about a week before I look too trailer park-ish. … You'll be surprised. If it's a buzz cut, people will be surprised. I think the anticipation is better if I don't tell you."