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 76 days until college football is back, is former Badgers defensive end Bill Gregory.
A Galveston, Texas native, Gregory spent 1968-1970 wreaking havoc along the Wisconsin Badgers defensive line. He started on the interior as a defensive tackle, and eventually moved to defensive end. He started every single game he played on defense.
He led the team in tackles in 1969, totaling 120 (56 solo, 64 assisted). It was the second highest single-season tackling performance in school history at that point, trailing only Tom Domres’ 131 in 1967.
He was elected a team captain in both 1969 and 1970, and was a first team All-Big Ten selection in 1970.
Following college, Gregory was a third round selection (No. 77 overall) by the Dallas Cowboys in the 1971 NFL Draft. He spent seven years as a Cowboy. With the Cowboys, Gregory became a two-time Super Bowl Champion as the Cowboys won Super Bowls VI and XII while he was o the team.
He was eventually traded to Seattle, where he played three seasons to finish out his career.
In 2007, Gregory was inducted into the Wisconsin Athletic Department Hall of Fame
Who wore No. 76 first?
• Halfback P. Arne first wore No. 76 back in 1937.
Who wears No. 76 now?
• Redshirt junior offensive lineman Logan Schmidt currently wears No. 76 for the Badgers.
Stay tuned to Badger of Honor as we continue our daily countdown in preparation of the season opener against Alabama.