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2010s

Montee Ball    Montee Ball
   Running Back, 2011 Consensus  
First-team All-American according to American Football Coaches Association, Sports Illustrated, Sporting News and Football Writers’ Association ... Heisman Trophy finalist ... tied Barry Sanders' NCAA record with 39 touchdowns (33 rushing, 6 receiving) on the season ... scored at least two touchdowns in each of the first 13 games, an NCAA record ... led the country in rushing with 1,923 yards, the third-best total in school history ... also led the country with 2,229 yards from scrimmage (1,923 rushing, 306 receiving) ... Big Ten record of 33 rushing touchdowns (breaking old mark of 26)... Chicago Tribune Silver Football Award Winner
Peter Konz    Peter Konz
   Center, 2011   
First-team All-American according to American Football Coaches Association and Pro Football Weekly ... first-team All-Big Ten (media) in 2011 ... finalist for Rimington Trophy in 2011 ... consensus honorable mention All-Big Ten in 2010 ... three-time Academic All-Big Ten
Kevin Zeitler    Kevin Zeitler
   Guard, 2011   
First-team All-American according to American Football Coaches Association and Pro Football Weekly ... second-team All-American according to Yahoo! Sports and Phil Steele ... consensus first-team All-Big Ten in 2011 ... two-time Academic All-Big Ten
Gabe Carimi    Gabe Carimi
   Tackle, 2010   
Consensus All-American ... 2010 Outland Trophy winner ... two-time first-team All-Big Ten selection ... selected to 2011 Senior Bowl ... played in and started 49 games in career ... team captain as a senior ... four-time Academic All-Big Ten honoree ... drafted in first round by Chicago in 2011
Lance Kendricks    Lance Kendricks
   Tight End, 2010   
First-team All-American according to Sports Illustrated, American Football Coaches Association and The Sporting News ... consensus first-team All-Big Ten selection in 2010 ... finalist for the 2010 John Mackey Award ... team captain as a senior ... finished career 18th all-time at UW in receiving yards ... led team in 2010 in receptions, receiving yards and touchdowns ... selected to play in 2011 Senior Bowl ... drafted in second round by St. Louis in 2011
John Moffitt    John Moffitt
   Guard, 2010   
First-team All-American according to Associated Press ... played in 45 games in career with 42 starts (27 at left guard and 15 at center) ... two-time consensus first-team All-Big Ten selection ... selected to play in the 2011 Senior Bowl ... team captain as a senior ... drafted in third round by Seattle in 2011

2000s

Kraig Urbik    Kraig Urbik
   Guard, 2008   
First-team All-American according to ESPN.com ... made 50 career starts along the Badger offensive line at both guard and tackle (started every game in his career except two missed due to injury as a senior) ... two-time consensus second-team All-Big Ten selection ... selected to play in the 2008 Senior Bowl ... team captain as a senior ... drafted in third round by Pittsburgh in 2009
Travis Beckum    Travis Beckum
   Tight End, 2007   
First-team All-American according to Walter Camp and Rivals.com and second-team All-American according to The Sporting News ... finalist for the John Mackey Award ... named college football's "Tight End of the Year" by the Touchdown Club of Columbus, Ohio ... consensus first-team All-Big Ten ... co-winner of UW's Wayne Souza Coaches Appreciation Award ... led nation's tight ends in receiving yards (982) and ranked No. 2 in receptions (75) ... his 75 receptions are most ever for a Badger tight end (breaking the record of 61 that he set in 2006) and tied for most in school history (any position) ... his 159 receptions are third on school's career list behind only wide receivers Brandon Williams (202) and Lee Evans (175) ... third on school's career receiving yardage list with 2,149 yards ... drafted in third round by New York Giants in 2009

 

Taylor Mehlhaff    Taylor Mehlhaff
   Kicker, 2007   
First-team All-American according to American Football Coaches Association ... two-time Lou Groza Award semifinalist ... first-team All-Big Ten selection according to coaches and second-team choice of the media ... winner of UW's Special Teams Player of the Year Award ... made 21 of 25 field goal attempts and 42 of 43 PATs ... second on school's career scoring list with 295 points ... tied for second on UW's career field goals list with 50 ... school's career leader in extra points (145), extra point attempts (148) and extra-point percentage (.979) ... sixth round draft choice of the New Orleans Saints in 2008
Joe Thomas    Joe Thomas
   Tackle, 2005-06 Consensus, 2006  
Two-time, first-team All-American (a consensus All-American as a senior in 2006) ... UW's first winner of the Outland Trophy in 2006 ... two-time consensus first-team All-Big Ten choice ... two-time Lombardi Award semifinalist ... finalist for the Wuerffel Trophy in 2006 ... team captain and co-MVP as a senior ... UW's Male Big Ten Medal of Honor winner for 2006-07 ... named a National Scholar-Athlete ($18,000 postgraduate scholarship winner) by National Football Foundation ... ESPN The Magazine second-team Academic All-American in 2006 ... three-time ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District and Academic All-Big Ten selection ... started 39 games during his career ... selected by Cleveland Browns with No. 3 overall pick in 2007 NFL Draft and is a three-time Pro Bowler

 

Erasmus James    Erasmus James
   Defensive End, 2004 Consensus  
A consensus All-American choice ... finalist for the Nagurski, Bednarik, Lombardi and Hendricks Awards ... named national defensive lineman of the year by the Touchdown Club of Columbus, Ohio ... consensus first-team All-Big Ten ... named Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year and Big Ten Defensive Lineman of the Year ... led team with eight QB sacks and tied for team lead with 11.5 TFLs ... twice named Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week in 2004 ... winner of UW's Jay Seiler Coaches Appreciation Award ... selected in the first round of the 2005 NFL Draft by the Minnesota Vikings
Jim Leonhard    Jim Leonhard
   Defensive Back, 2002-03-04   
First-team All-American according to SI.com (2002), ESPN.com (2003) and Pro Football Weekly (2004) ... three-time first-team All-Big Ten ... named team's special teams player of the year twice ... led nation with Big Ten record-tying 11 interceptions in 2002 and led Big Ten in interceptions in 2003 ... his 21 interceptions are tied with Jamar Fletcher for most all-time at UW and are tied for fourth-most in Big Ten history ... led Big Ten (and ranked 10th nationally) with school record-tying 25 pass breakups in 2002 ... 50 passes defended rank fourth in school history ... broke school punt return yardage record in both 2002 and 2003 ... Big Ten's career leader in punt return yardage with 1,347 ... a 2003 CoSIDA second-team Academic All-American and two-time Academic All-Big Ten selection ... 2004 CoSIDA first-team Academic All-American ... has played for the Buffalo Bills, Baltimore Ravens and New York Jets

 

Wendell Bryant    Wendell Bryant
   Defensive Tackle, 2001   
Two-time Big Ten defensive lineman of the year in 2000 and 2001 ... a Badger captain in 2001 ... 2000 and 2001 Lombardi Award semi-finalist ... ranks fifth in UW history with 24 sacks ... led the Badgers with eight sacks in the 2001 season ... in a 2001 game at Penn State, he had five sacks for 32 yards lost ... in the 1999 Rose Bowl, he sacked UCLA quarterback Cade McNown to clinch a Badger victory ... played for Arizona Cardinals
Lee Evans    Lee Evans
   Wide Receiver, 2001   
One of three finalists for the 2001 Biletnikoff Award, given to the nation's top wide receiver ... broke the Big Ten record for most receiving yards in a season with 1,545 ... averaged 128.8 yards per game in 2001, ranking him fourth nationally ... his 2001 receiving yardage total was the 15th-highest in NCAA history ... in only three years, eclipsed the UW record with 2,255 career receiving yards ... in 2001, he set school single-season records for receptions (75), touchdown receptions with nine (tied the record) and 100-yard receiving games (eight) ... first Badger to lead the Big Ten in receiving since 1963 ... 2004 first-round draft choice of the Buffalo Bills ... No. 2 on all-time Big Ten receiving yardage list and UW career record-holder for receptions, receiving yards and receiving TDs

 

Kevin Stemke    Kevin Stemke
   Punter, 2000   
Ray Guy Award winner in 2000, given to the nation's top punter ... in 2000 he averaged school-record 44.5 yards per punt ... led the Big Ten in punting in 1998 and 2000 ... earned first-team All-Big Ten honors in 1998 and 2000 ... holds UW career records in punting average with 43.5 yards per kick and 10,660 punting yards

1990s

Chris McIntosh    Chris McIntosh
   Tackle, 1999 Consensus  
Consensus All-American ... finalist for the Outland Trophy, given to the nation's outstanding interior lineman ... a 1999 Badger captain ... first-team All-Big Ten in 1999 ... part of offensive line that helped lead the 1999 Badgers to school-record 3,305 rushing yards ... drafted 22nd overall by the Seattle Seahawks in 2000
Jamar Fletcher    Jamar Fletcher
   Defensive Back, 1999-2000 Consensus, 2000  
Consensus All-American in 2000 ... 2000 Jim Thorpe Award winner, given to the best defensive back in the nation ... Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year in 2000 ... in a 2000 game against Oregon, had career-best three interceptions, including the game-clincher ... first-team All-Big Ten in 1998, 1999 and 2000 ... had a Big Ten record five interception returns for touchdowns in his three-year career, including one in the 1999 Rose Bowl ... his 21 career interceptions are school record ... led the nation in 1998 with seven interceptions ... starter on UW's 1998 and 1999 Big Ten championship teams ... has played for the Miami Dolphins, San Diego Chargers and Cincinnati Bengals

 

Tom Burke    Tom Burke
   Defensive End, 1998 Consensus  
Consensus All-American in 1998 ... led the nation in 1998 with 22 sacks ... was the Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year, with school-record 22 sacks and 31 tackles-for-loss ... first-team All-Big Ten in 1998 ... member of Badgers' 1998 Big Ten championship team that won the 1999 Rose Bowl ... played for the Arizona Cardinals
Aaron Gibson    Aaron Gibson
   Tackle, 1998 Consensus  
Consensus All-American ... finalist for both the Lombardi Award and Outland Trophy following the 1998 season ... first-team All-Big Ten in 1998 ... member of Badgers' 1998 Big Ten Championship team that won the 1999 Rose Bowl ... drafted in the first round by the Detroit Lions in 1999 ... played for Detroit, Dallas and Chicago
Ron Dayne    Ron Dayne
   Running Back, 1997-98-99
Consensus, 1999  
1999 Heisman Trophy winner ... a consensus All-American in 1999 ... holds NCAA record with 6,397 rushing yards ... was given the Maxwell Award, Walter Camp Award and Doak Walker Award following the 1999 season ... given player of the year honors by both the Associated Press and The Sporting News ... 1999 Big Ten MVP ... first-team All-Big Ten in 1996, 1998 and 1999 ... averaged 169.5 yards a game in the 1999 season ... a Badger captain in 1999 ... member of two Big Ten championship teams (1998 and 1999) ... was the MVP in both the 1999 and 2000 Rose Bowl games (amassed 446 yards and five touchdowns in those two Badger victories) ... 1996 Copper Bowl MVP ... Big Ten Rookie of the Year in 1996 ... drafted 11th overall by the New York Giants in 2000 and also played for the Denver Broncos and Houston Texans during xx-year NFL career ... member of the Giants team that went to Super Bowl XXXV

 

Tarek Saleh    Tarek Saleh
   Defensive End, 1996   
A Badger captain in 1996 ... first-team All-Big Ten in 1995 and 1996 ... holds the school record with 58 career tackles-for-loss ... was the 1996 Copper Bowl Defensive MVP with six tackles, one pass defended and a blocked field goal ... played in the NFL for the Carolina Panthers and Cleveland Browns
Cory Raymer    Cory Raymer
   Center, 1994
Consensus  
Consensus All-American ... first-team All-Big Ten in 1993 and 1994 ... was center during the Badgers' 1993 Big Ten Championship and 1994 Rose Bowl win in which UW amassed 250 rushing yards per game ... played for Washington and San Diego
Troy Vincent    Troy Vincent
   Defensive Back, 1991   
Was first-team All-Big Ten in 1991 and was also named the Big Ten co-Defensive Player of the Year ... a 1991 Badger captain ... semi-finalist for the Thorpe Award given to the top defensive back in the nation ... drafted seventh overall in 1992 by the Miami Dolphins ... played for the Dolphins from 1992-95, the Philadelphia Eagles from 1996-03 and the Buffalo Bills from 2004-06 ... five-time Pro Bowl selection (2000, '01, '02, '03, '04) ... was named NFL Man of the Year for the 2002 season

1980s

Paul Gruber    Paul Gruber
   Tackle, 1987   
A captain in 1987 ... named first-team All-Big Ten after the 1987 season ... drafted fourth overall by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 1988 ... had a successful career with the Buccaneers from 1988-99, playing in three Pro Bowls (1989, 1990 and 1992)
Richard Johnson    Richard Johnson
   Tackle, 1984   
First-team All-Big Ten in 1984 ... had a school-record six blocked kicks in 1984, giving him nine in his career ... also in 1984, had seven passes defended, four tackles-for-loss, and three interceptions ... drafted 11th overall by the Houston Oilers in 1985 and played for them from 1985-92
Tim Krumrie    Tim Krumrie
   Nose Guard, 1981-82
Consensus, 1981  
Consensus All-American in 1981 ... named first-team All-Big Ten in 1980, 1981 and 1982 ... was a captain of the 1982 Badgers ... holds the school records for most solo tackles in a career with 276 and most career tackles by a defensive lineman with 444 ... started all 46 games in his Badger career ... was named the defensive MVP of the 1982 Independence Bowl win over Kansas State (UW defense allowed KSU only three points and two yards per carry) ... named the national "Player of the Week" by the Associated Press as the Badgers upset No. 1 rated Michigan 21-14 to open 1981 season ... also a member of the UW wrestling team (placed fifth in the Big Ten in 1980) ... played professionally for the Cincinnati Bengals from 1983-94 ... took part in the 1988 and 1989 Pro Bowls

 

Matt VandenBoom    Matt VandenBoom
   Defensive Back, 1981   
Named first-team All-Big Ten in 1981-82 ... Badger captain in 1982 ... member of the UW team that won the 1982 Independence Bowl, 14-3 over Kansas State (had an interception in the game) ... in 1981 was the Big Ten co-leader with six interceptions ... had three interceptions in 1981 season opener, a 21-14 win over top-ranked Michigan

1970s

Ray Snell    Ray Snell
   Tackle, 1979   
Badger captain in 1979 ... first-team All-Big Ten in 1979 ... played in the 1979 Senior Bowl All-Star Game and the Hula Bowl in 1980 ... selected in the first round of the NFL draft by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 1980 ... played for the Buccaneers from 1980-83 and the Pittsburgh Steelers from 1984-85
Lawrence Johnson    Lawrence Johnson
   Defensive Back, 1978   
First-team All-American by The Sporting News ... played in the 1978 East-West Shrine Game and the 1979 Japan Bowl ... drafted in the second round of the 1979 NFL Draft by the Cleveland Browns ... played nine seasons in the NFL with the Browns and the Buffalo Bills
Dennis Lick    Dennis Lick
   Tackle, 1974-75 Consensus, 1975  
A consensus All-American in 1975 ... was first-team All-Big Ten in 1974 and 1975 ... played in the 1976 Hula Bowl, 1975 East-West Shrine Game and 1976 Japan Bowl ... drafted eighth overall in 1976 by the Chicago Bears ... played for the Bears from 1976-81

1960s

Pat Richter    Pat Richter
   End, 1961-62 Consensus, 1962  
Was a consensus All-American 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

1950s

Dan Lanphear    Dan Lanphear
   Tackle, 1959   
Played left tackle for UW ... played for the Houston Oilers in 1960 and 1962 ... his father, George, was a star lineman for the Badgers in the 1930s ... first-team All-Big Ten in 1959
Alan Ameche    Alan Ameche
   Fullback, 1952-53-54 Consensus, 1954  
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

 

Dave Suminski    Dave Suminski
   Tackle, 1952   
Played offensive and defensive tackle for the Badgers ... blocked for standout running back Alan Ameche, who led the Big Ten in rushing in 1951 ... member of the 1952 Big Ten Championship team ... played for the Washington Redskins in 1953 ... became an all-pro in the CFL from 1957-59, playing for the Hamilton Tiger Cats
Don Voss    Don Voss
   End, 1952   
Member of famed "Hard Rocks", top-defensive unit in the country in 1951, allowing only 6.6 points per game, 66.8 rushing yards a game, 154.8 total yards per game ... played in the 1952 Rose Bowl ... member of 1952 Big Ten Championship team ... was also a track All-American in 1952 ... could not play professionally due to a career-ending knee injury
Hal Faverty    Hal Faverty
   Defensive End, 1951   
Starred on the top defensive unit in the country in 1951 ... was a defensive specialist and one of the top linebackers in the nation ... twice was named United Press Lineman of the Week ... earned all-conference honors as a senior in 1951 ... played in the 1951 East-West Shrine Game ... played professionally for the Green Bay Packers in 1952
Pat O'Donahue    Pat O'Donahue
   End, 1951   
Member of the famed "Hard Rocks" defensive unit, which was the best in the nation in 1951, setting school records for least points, rushing yards and total yards allowed per game ... was an All-Big Ten defensive end in 1951 ... played in the 1951 Blue-Gray Game and was a member of the 1952 College All-Star team ... played for the San Francisco 49ers in 1952 and the Green Bay Packers in 1955
Ed Withers    Ed Withers
   Defensive Back, 1950-51   
Had eight career interceptions for the Badgers ... All-Big Ten defensive back in 1951 ... in a 1950 game at Iowa, he intercepted three passes for 103 yards returned

1940s

Earl Girard    Earl Girard
   Quarterback, 1944   
A versatile player, with the ability to run and pass, while also a punter and a safety on defense ... was only 17 years old in the 1944 season ... set a Big Ten and NCAA record with two punt return touchdowns in a game against Iowa in 1947 ... drafted in 1948 in the first round by the Green Bay Packers ... played for the Packers from 1948-51, the Detroit Lions from 1952-56 and the Pittsburgh Steelers in 1957
Pat Harder    Pat Harder
   Fullback, 1942   
Was the Big Ten's scoring and rushing champion in 1941 ... named first-team All-Big Ten in 1941 and 1942 ... was MVP of the 1943 College All-Star Game, scoring two touchdowns in the game ... was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1993 ... drafted second overall by the Chicago Cardinals in 1944, the highest UW draft pick in history ... went on to a very successful NFL career with the Cardinals from 1946-50 and the Detroit Lions from 1951-53 ... led the NFL in scoring in 1947 and 1948, and was the co-leader in 1949 ... finished career with 33 TDs and 3,016 yards rushing ... member of the Lions' 1952 NFL championship team ... a 1953 Pro Bowler ... after playing days, became an NFL referee

 

Dave Schreiner    Dave Schreiner
   End, 1941-42 Consensus, 1942  
Was a consensus All-American in 1942 ... also in 1942, was awarded the "Silver Football" as Big Ten MVP ... named first-team All-Big Ten in 1941 and 1942 ... Badger captain in 1942 ... first Badger ever to catch three touchdowns in one quarter in a win over Marquette in 1942 ... his number 80 was retired by the university ... was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1955 ... was killed in 1945 in World War II

1930s

Howard Weiss    Howard Weiss
   Fullback, 1938
  
Given the "Silver Football" for being the Big Ten MVP in 1938 ... Badger co-captain ... first-team All-Big Ten in 1938 ... also played linebacker for UW ... played professionally for the Detroit Lions from 1939-40
Milo Lubratovich    Milo Lubratovich
   Tackle, 1930 Consensus  
Consensus All-American ... was named first-team All-Big Ten in 1930 ... missed the 1929 season with a broken leg ... played in the 1930 East-West Shrine Game ... played with the Brooklyn Dodgers from 1931-35

1920s

Marty Below    Marty Below
   Tackle, 1923 Consensus  
Consensus All-American ... Badger captain in 1923 ... first-team All-Big Ten in 1922 and 1923 ... Red Grange called him "the greatest lineman I ever played against"...elected in 1988 to the College Football Hall of Fame
George Bunge    George Bunge
   Center, 1920   
A two-time All-American at center, he earned first-team honors in 1920
Ralph Scott    Ralph Scott
   Tackle, 1920 Consensus  
Consensus All-American ... played for Chicago Bears, 1921-25
Frank Weston    Frank Weston
   End, 1920   
First-team All-Big Ten in 1919 and 1920...captain of 1920 squad which went 6-1 ... also played basketball for the Badgers ... served on the Wisconsin Athletic Board from 1948-63

1910s

Paul Meyers    Paul Meyers
   End, 1919   
All-American as chosen by Walter Eckersall ... first-team All-Big Ten in 1916 and 1919
Howard Buck    Howard "Cub" Buck
   Tackle, 1915 Consensus  
Was a consensus All-American ... captain of the 1915 Badger team ... named first-team All-Big Ten in both 1914 and 1915 ... played for the Canton Bulldogs from 1915-19 and the Green Bay Packers from 1921-25 ... member of the Green Bay Packers' Hall of Fame ... was the head coach at Lawrence College in 1924-25 and at the University of Miami from 1926-28
Arlie Mucks    Arlie Mucks
   Guard, 1914   
Was also a track star at the UW ... undefeated in college career in the discus and shot put ... competed in the 1912 Olympic Games in Stockholm, Sweden and placed second in the discus ... became a Big Ten football official following his playing days
Ray Keeler    Ray "Tubby" Keeler
   Guard, 1913 Consensus  
Consensus All-American ... first-team All-Big Ten in 1912 and 1913
Robert Butler    Robert "Butts" Butler
   Tackle, 1912 Consensus  
Was a consensus All-American ... named first-team All-Big Ten in both 1912 and 1913 ... played on the 1912 team which was undefeated and won the Big Ten championship (the 1912 defensive unit registered four shutouts and allowed only 29 points) ... went on to play professionally with the Canton Bulldogs ... in 1972, was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame
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