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Capital One/CoSIDA Academic All-America Hall of Fame

Capital One and the College Sports Information Directors Academic Hall of Fame annually selects five student-athletes who are former Academic All-Americans and who have distinguished themselves off the playing field after graduation.

Two former University of Wisconsin athletes achieved the ultimate scholar-athlete recognition when they were inducted into the CoSIDA Academic Hall of Fame.

1992 Induction – Alan Ameche

Photo of Alan Ameche

Alan Ameche, the 1954 Heisman Trophy winner, was a three-time All-American and ended his career as the NCAA’s all-time rushing leader. He led the Badgers to the 1953 Rose Bowl and rushed for 133 yards in that game. The four-time NFL Pro Bowl pick was inducted into the College Hall of Fame in 1975. He retired in Philadelphia after his professional career where he became one of the city’s philanthropic leaders.

More on Ameche the Fullback, 1952-53-54

Wisconsin’s first Heisman Trophy winner in 1954 … was a consensus All-American in 1954 … named the Big Ten MVP in 1954 … won the Walter Camp Award in 1953 as outstanding college player of the year … led the Badgers to the 1953 Rose Bowl and rushed for 133 yards in the game … was the Big Ten rushing champion in 1951 and 1952 … had the first 1,000 yard season by a Badger in 1952 as a sophomore … named first-team All-Big Ten in 1952, 1953, and 1954 … set the NCAA career rushing mark of 3,345 yards … inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1975 … was the second overall pick in the 1955 draft by the Baltimore Colts, which is tied for the highest UW player selected … played for the Colts from 1955-60 … participated in four NFL Pro Bowls … scored the winning touchdown in the Colts 23-17 overtime win over the Giants in the 1958 NFL title game

Alan Ameche on UW Archives

1995 Induction – Pat Richter

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A three-sport athlete at Wisconsin, Richter played pro football in Washington before returning to the UW to earn his law degree. He worked at a Madison law firm and at Oscar Mayer before his appointment in 1989 as Director of Athletics at the University of Wisconsin. He retired from UW in 2004.

More on Richter, 1961-1962-1963

Richter was Wisconsin’s last nine-time letterwinner (football, basketball, baseball) … two-time football All-America end who led the Badgers to the 1962 Big Ten title and starred in the famed 1963 Rose Bowl … went on to play in the NFL for the Washington Redskins nine year ... was named Wisconsin’s Director of Athletics in 1989, and is credited with leading the athletic department through a revival in the 1990s … member of the National Football Foundation Hall of Fame, the CoSIDA Academic All-American Hall of Fame and is a recipient of the NCAA Silver Anniversary Award

in 1962 … led the nation in receiving as a junior in 1961 … was a captain in 1962 … led team in receiving from 1960-62 and the Big Ten in receiving in 1961 and 1962 … named first-team All-Big Ten in 1961 and 1962 … led the Badgers with 163 yards and 11 receptions in the 1963 Rose Bowl … also lettered in basketball and baseball at the UW … played for the Washington Redskins from 1963-70 after being a first-round draft selection in 1963

Complete list of Academic All-America Hall of Fame

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