Wisconsin Football Countdown: No. 91, Don Davey


As the countdown to the first Wisconsin football game of the season continues, Badger of Honor is taking a look at Badgers by the numbers, checking in on a different Badger or Badgers players who wore the number corresponding with the remaining days until the Badgers head to Texas to take on the Alabama Crimson Tide Saturday, Sept. 5.

Next up in our countdown, signifying 91 days until college football is back, is Don Davey.

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A defensive tackle at Wisconsin from 1987-1990, Davey was the anchor of the Badgers defensive line.

Davey had a knack for getting into the defensive backfield, and left a mark on the UW record book.

His 49 career tackles for loss are fifth all time in UW history behind guys like Tarek Saleh, Mike Thompson, Tom Burke and Chris Borland. His 21 career sacks place him seventh all time at UW.

His single-season mark of 24 tackles for a loss set in 1990 is tied with Darryl Sims for the third best mark in school history.

He joins defensive end Wendell Bryant on the Capital Times “All-Alvarez List,” a collection of the best players at Madison under former head coach and current athletic director Barry Alvarez.

Following his time as a Badger, he continued playing football in Wisconsin after he was drafted 67th overall (round three) in the 1991 NFL Draft by the Green Bay Packers. He was a Packer through the 1994 season, and played for the Jacksonville Jaguars from 1995-1997.

He totaled 122 tackles, 8 sacks, 4 forced fumbles, and fumble recovery and a blocked kick in his 7-year NFL career.

Since retiring from the NFL, Davey has been managing a sub franchise and is tackling a new athletic endeavor: Ironman competitions.

Who wore No. 91 first?

• Quarterback William Vezina was the first to wear No. 91 in 1935

Who wears No. 91 now?

• No one on the current Badgers roster wears No. 91.

Who wore No. 91 last?

• Recently graduated defensive end Konrad Zagzebski was the last to wear No. 91.

Stay tuned to Badger of Honor as we continue our daily countdown in preparation of the season opener against Alabama.

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