Every day this week leading up to the induction ceremony, one of the eight members of the University of Wisconsin Athletic Hall of Fame class of 2013 will be celebrated. The Hall of Fame induction is Friday, Aug. 30 outside the Camp Randall Memorial Sports Center. The 5 p.m. ceremony is open to the public. Today's honoree is former Wisconsin football star Jamar Fletcher.
Aug. 22, 2013
MADISON, Wis. -- After helping the Badgers hoist championship trophies in each of his first two years at Wisconsin, Jamar Fletcher was handed an award all his own in his final season at UW.
Named the nation’s best defensive back when he won the Jim Thorpe Award as a junior in 2000, Fletcher remains one of the best to ever play the position in a Badgers uniform.
A two-time All-American, Fletcher played just three seasons in Madison before being selected by the Miami Dolphins in the first round of the 2001 NFL Draft. He found a way to make the most of those three years, however.
He led the nation with seven interceptions in his rookie campaign on the way to being named first-team All-Big Ten and securing freshman All-America honors in 1998. He was a key piece in the Badgers’ run to the Big Ten championship and then secured what proved to be the game-winning score when he picked off UCLA quarterback Cade McNown and returned the interception 46 yards for a touchdown in the fourth quarter.
Fletcher helped UW repeat as both the Big Ten and Rose Bowl champion in 1999, again earning first-team All-Big Ten honors and a place on six different All-America teams.
A year later, Fletcher was a consensus first-team All-American to go along with his third-straight first-team All-Big Ten nod. He was named the 2000 Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year and also collected the Jack Tatum Trophy to go along with his Jim Thorpe Award hardware as the nation’s top defensive back.
He went on to play nine seasons in the NFL after being drafted by the Dolphins and was named to the Big Ten All-Decade Team for 1990-2000.
Fletcher shares the Badgers’ school record for career interceptions with 21 and set a Big Ten career record for interceptions returned for touchdowns with five.