Wisconsin Football: 10 Best Quarterbacks in Wisconsin Badgers History

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Aug 7, 2014; Denver, CO, USA; Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson (3) on the sidelines during the third quarter of a preseason game against the Denver Broncos at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. The Broncos defeated the Seahawks 21-16. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

Badger of Honor ranks the 10 best quarterbacks in Wisconsin football history

The Wisconsin football team is known nation-wide as a producer of top offensive linemen and running backs, and has had lots of recent success sending tight ends and wide receivers to the NFL. Wisconsin has also been home to many great quarterbacks, more than the average fan may remember.

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Wisconsin has been putting a football team on the field for more than 100 years, and in more than 1,200 games in school history, the Badger have sent many, many quarterbacks out to lead the offense.

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Some of the names come to mind quickly – guys like Jim Sorgi, Brooks Bollinger, Darrell Bevell and Mike Samuel. Some were here for only a short time – like Russell Wilson – and some seem to have been here forever – like Joel Stave. Some quarterbacks Wisconsin has produced have gone on to successful careers at the professional level, others have been career NFL backups or coaches.

One thing is for sure – while the Badgers, especially since Barry Alvarez came to Wisconsin – have typically been thought of as a traditionally run-strong team, the Badgers have had no shortage of great signal callers.

Here we take a look at the 10 best quarterbacks the school has produced in its 125-plus tenure. This list is meant to be debated, and we welcome your comments below.

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We start with a quarterback who spent just one year at the helm of the Wisconsin offense more than 50 years ago, leading the Badgers to a historic Rose Bowl appearance.

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