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Honoring champions: Celebrating Black History Month

<b>Terrell Fletcher served as the Badgers' honorary captain when they played Ohio State last season.</b>

Terrell Fletcher served as the Badgers' honorary captain when they played Ohio State last season.

Feb. 19, 2013

MADISON, Wis. -- February is Black History month and in honor of our outstanding African-American champions, we're taking a look at former standouts.

Terrell Fletcher was one half of the dynamic running back duo that propelled the Badger football team to the 1993 Big Ten title and a win in the 1994 Rose Bowl. Fletcher currently ranks seventh in UW history for career rushing yards (3,414) and fourth in average yards per carry.

After graduating from Wisconsin in 1995 he was chosen in the second round of the NFL draft by the San Diego Chargers. He played eight seasons with the Chargers, accounting for more than 4,100 all-purpose yards and scoring 13 touchdowns.

UWBadgers.com caught up with him recently to find out what he is up to now that his playing days are over.

Family: Wife, Sheree; son, Trey

Current Occupation: Pastor

Current hometown: San Diego, Calif.

Last time at a Badgers game: 2012 Ohio State game!

Former UW teammates you are still in contact with: J.C. Dawkins, Michael London

Best memory from the 1993 season: Lee DeRamus trying to drive the team bus in Japan. Lol we were lucky we didn't get caught!!  Seriously, it was beating Michigan. It was a big game and was a confidence boost for us. It was the game that marked that we were officially 'over the hump.'

Something you learned at UW that you carried with you throughout your life: My greatest lesson came from Dr. Greene while I was a freshman in his English Literature class. After looking at some of my work, he held me after class to tell me that I was a gifted writer and thinker and encouraged me to keep with literature as a way to express my ideas. Initially I thought it was simple fodder, but as the semester went on, he continued to encourage me as a student and a thinker. He convinced me that there was more to me than football. Three years later I graduated with my degree in English literature. It was such a big lesson because he recognized and encouraged a different aspect of my personality that at the time, I didn't realize I possessed. That encouragement helped me see and expect a fuller picture of myself that included me in both athletics and academia.

What does it mean to you to be a Badger? Pride. Family.  Being a Badger allowed, and still allows, me to contribute to a great mission of educating great minds, challenging gifted bodies and the courage to attempt to do extraordinary things for the world I live in.

Any advice you would give to current Badgers? Take in the whole experience. You will have access to the greatest coaches in the nation who will challenge you to work hard to create a physical body that is unparalleled. Just remember that you also have top-notched professorship and fellow students that will help you develop an unparalleled mind and create unparalleled experiences while you're there. Play hard, study hard, party safe. Make friends and even more memories.

The UW athletic department launched its "Celebrate UW's Black History" section on UWBadgers.com in 2003. It has been updated every year with new information, a photo gallery and multimedia offerings and is one of the finest college resources for African-American athletics history in the nation.

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