Wisconsin Football: Wisconsin Badgers All-Time Team

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Sep 7, 2013; Madison, WI, USA; Wisconsin Badgers linebacker Chris Borland (44) during the game against the Tennessee Tech Golden Eagles at Camp Randall Stadium. Wisconsin won 48-0. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

All-Time Team: Middle Linebackers

Chris Borland: One of the best all-around defensive players in Wisconsin Badgers history, Chris Borland got off to a hot start as a freshman in 2009, winning the Big Ten Freshman of the Year award, and after sitting out an injury redshirt season in 2010, he out together an impressive career.

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  • In his career at Wisconsin he is sixth all time with 420 total tackles and fifth in solo tackles with 234. His 50.0 tackles for loss are the fourth best number in school history, while his 17 sacks are eighth best in the UW record book.

    His 15 career forced fumbles set a new Big Ten record and is the second most in FBS history. His 53 games played is the second most in school history.

    He was the Nagurski-Woodson Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year, the Butkus-Fitzgerald Big Ten Linebacker of the Year, a Lott IMPACT Trophy finalist, earned the Big Ten Sportsmanship Award, was a consensus first team All-Big Ten player, and was a first team All-American according to the Football Writers Association of America.

    In eight starts his rookie NFL season for the San Francisco 49ers, Borland was impressive. He totaled 108 tackles, a sack and 2 interceptions.

    In spring of 2015, Chris Borland made the stunning decision to retire, citing his concern for head injuries. He decided to return three-fourths of his more than $600,000 signing bonus to the team.

    Pete Monty: From 1993 to 1996, all Pete Monty did was record tackle after tackle after tackle for the Badgers.

    He holds the Wisconsin record for most career tackles, with 451. He’s third in career solo tackles with 260 over his time at UW. His single-season total of 178 tackles in 1996 is the second best single-season number in school history, behind only Dave Lokanc in 1972.

    Monty led Wisconsin in total tackles for three straight seasons from 1994 to 1996. He was a first team All-Big Ten selection in 1996, and was the team’s MVP that season. He was a captain in both 1995 and 1996.

    He was a Rose Bowl winner with the Badgers in 1994.

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