Bill Ferrario, a four-year starter on the Badger offensive line, never missed a game. He ended his career with the Badgers totaling 50 starts and, at the time, was only the third player in Big Ten history with that honor. A two-time second-team all-conference selection, Ferrario was influential throughout his time at Wisconsin, including in the 99 and 00 Rose Bowl wins. After college, Ferrario was selected in the fourth round of the 2001 NFL draft by the Green Bay Packers. Over the next four years he played for the Packers, Redskins, and Panthers before deciding to retire in 2005. He remains involved in football, working with young athletes and helping out with camps.
YEARS AT WISCONSIN: 1997-2000
HOMETOWN: Scranton, Pa.
CURRENT ADDRESS (CITY): Wausau, Wis.
CURRENT FAMILY: wife -Stephanie (who is also a 2000 UW grad) daughter - Luciana (2 years old)
What have you been doing since graduating and where are you living and working now
After graduating from UW I was selected in the fourth round of the 2001 NFL Draft by the Green Bay Packers. I played for the Packers, Redskins, and Panthers before retiring in 2005. After my football career was over my wife and I decided that we wanted to settle down close to family. We moved back to Wausau to be close to my wifes family. I have been selling real estate and pursuing a career in the medical sales industry.
Is football still a part of your life, how so
I have always tried to stay involved with football. I have worked with high school teams and athletes of all ages on improving their technique and ability.
Did you experience in athletics influence you in your current vocation If so, how
My experience in athletics helped me realize that I wanted to work in sales to be able to interact with new people every day. My experience with community service events through football influenced me to be involved with many charities within the communities I have been a part of.
What is your fondest memory as a student-athlete
Earning a degree.
What was your favorite moment on the football field
Easy, winning back-to-back Rose Bowls and being able to block for a great running back like Ron Dayne.
Do you still currently follow UW football Have you been back to any games How does if feel to be back
Of course, I try to get down to as many games as possible. It feels great to be a part of a rich tradition like the Badgers have. I feel honored to say I am a Badger.
What do you miss most about being a UW football player Miss the least
Suiting up and going to battle on the field with my close friends. Summer practice.
What was/is the best part about being a Badger
You are a lifetime member amongst an elite group of individuals.
What was your favorite class at Wisconsin
History of the Vietnam War.
What was your favorite part of campus Where did you spend most of your time
What advice would you give current student-athletes
Start preparing for your future today. Take advantage of all the opportunities that are provided. You will be a Badger for life, but your time in college will be over before you know it. Enjoy it while it lasts.