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Alumni Profile: Greg Fictum

Greg FictumGreg Fictum was a fixture for the interior of the Raiders offensive line from 1988 until his retirement in 2009, a remarkable feat particularly for a lineman battling in the trenches. Even more remarkable was the fact that Fictum performed at such a high level that he earned numerous honors at the Conference, League, National and All-American levels throughout his Raiders career.

Fictum’s football career started at New Holstein High School where he earned All-Conference honors during his junior and senior seasons. After being recruited by some larger schools like North Dakota State, South Dakota State, and Kent State, he ended up playing at UW-Platteville one year prior to transferring to UW-Stevens Point where he played three years, winning a National Championship in 1987.

While at Point, Fictum was recruited by the Raiders. Although he was interested he wasn’t sure what to expect. A chance meeting at a 7-11 store with a teammate from Platteville, Paul Gruner who was a lineman for the Raiders, changed Fictum’s future. Fictum came down for a tryout and so impressed the likes of head coach Bob Milkie, quarterback Charlie Bliss and lineman Denny Galipo that he made the team.

While playing for the Raiders, Fictum had several National Football League (NFL) tryouts, and earned time in three NFL camps. Perhaps most notable, while coaching at Lakeland College, a fellow coach, encouraged him to send game film to his old college teammate – Tom Marino, then regional scout for the Saints. After watching the game film of the Raiders playing the Marlboro Shamrocks and the Brooklyn Mariners he commented, “That’s not the semi-pro football I remember – the Raiders play a high level of football!” After the tryout they brought Fictum to training camp, but he was released before the end of camp

Fictum loves the Raiders so much that he considers Racine his second home and is currently Secretary on the Raiders Board of Directors.

Fictum states, “What’s special about the Raiders are the friendships that are created. I talk to Willkomm (Mike), Micech (Phil), Enneper (Mark), Erickson (Brian), and Wilbert (Kennedy) all the time. When we see each other it’s like we never missed a beat.”

The fans are also special.

I will never forget the kids coming out onto the field after the game for autographs,” remembers Fictum. “The Raiders have the greatest fans around.”

Fictum is married to Colleen, who he met at a Raiders game. They have two children, Grace (7) and Noah (5). Greg currently coaches at Concordia University in Mequon with fellow Raiders Adam Walker, Denny Galipo, Arnie Garber and Gino Perfetto. He also works at Concordia in the Advancement Department.

Greg is so thankful for his time with the Raiders he says “Without a place to play after college I never would have had the NFL opportunities, met such great people, and played before such great fans.”