MADISON, Wis. -- College football’s all-time leader in career touchdowns scored should get plenty of opportunities to reach the end zone in the NFL. Wisconsin running back Montee Ball was selected by the Denver Broncos with the 26th pick in the second round of the 2013 NFL Draft. Not only does Ball get to play for the team he grew up rooting for, he gets to share the backfield with four-time NFL MVP, quarterback Peyton Manning.
“It’s a dream come true,” Ball said. “I’ve been a Broncos fan since the age of seven, and now to be a Bronco, is something very special.”
Ball, the 2012 Doak Walker Award winner and a 2011 Heisman Trophy finalist, helped lead Wisconsin to a school-record three-straight Big Ten titles. He was the first player in history to run for at least 100 yards in three consecutive Rose Bowls and also became first player ever to score TDs in three different Rose Bowl games.
Ball finished his stellar career at UW with 5,140 rushing yards and an NCAA record 83 total touchdowns scored. He is the first player in Wisconsin history to earn consensus first-team All-America honors in two separate seasons.
Ball was the second Badger selected in this year’s draft after center Travis Frederick was picked in the first round by the Dallas Cowboys. UW has now had a player drafted in the first two rounds in each of the last three years. North Carolina is the only other team in the country that can make that claim.
The last time a Wisconsin running back was picked as high as the second round was in 2001 when the Minnesota Vikings chose Michael Bennett in the first round.
The 2013 NFL Draft concludes with rounds 4-7 on Saturday starting at 11 a.m. CT.