Trevon Sidney ready for emotional return to the field

Trevon Sidney scores his first touchdown with Illinois against Akron (FOX Illinois)

CHAMPAIGN, Ill (WCCU/WICS/WRSP) - After all of the uncertainty that has come ahead of the Big ten football season, Illinois is getting ready to face Wisconsin in just two weeks. The opening game will be an emotional moment for many players on the roster.

For Trevon Sidney, those emotions will be amplified. The transfer wide receiver was just hitting his stride last season, when an injury sidelined him for the final eight games of the year. While he was stuck at home for four months during quarantine, the time away from Champaign allowed him to be close to his father Carlos, throughout a challenging time for the family.

“During quarantine actually, he had a stroke," Sidney said. "He was in the hospital kind of the whole time. My dad is just kind of my motivation to everything I do.”

Sports have been the driving force between the Sidney's bond. Even after his father's condition improved, returning to Illinois was a difficult moment for Trevon, but his return to the football field will be a special moment between father and son.

"I love it, he loves it, he loves seeing me, I think he’ll love it more than I will. I just really can’t wait to get out and play."

The season opener made even more special from the return to the field, the opponent, and the day it falls on.

"First game back, on my birthday. We beat them last year, they’re going to want revenge. That atmosphere is just going to be crazy. I wouldn’t want it any other way."