Wisconsin Football: Wisconsin Badgers All-Time Team

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All-Time Team: Centers

Mike Webster: A Rhinelander, Wisconsin native, Mike Webster was Wisconsin’s center from 1971 to 1973.

While the Badgers weren’t particularly good during his tenure at Wisconsin (the team went 12-21-1 from 1971 to 1973), Webster earned recognition as one of the best in the business. He was a first team All-Big Ten selection, the Jimmy Demetral Team MVP, and a team captain in 1973.

He went on to become one of the most successful Badgers alumni in the NFL, playing in 245 NFL games over the course of a 17-year professional career. After playing in a backup role for two seasons, Webster became Pittsburgh’s starting center in 1976. He would play for Pittsburgh until 1988, helping the Steelers win four Super Bowls (1975, 1976, 1979 and 1980). He finished out his career playing for the Kansas City Chiefs from 1989-1990.

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  • He was selected to nine Pro Bowls, including an eight-year stretch from 1979 to 1986. He played in more games and seasons with the Steelers than anyone in franchise history, and his No. 52 has not been worn by a Steelers player since his retirement.

    In the 1970s he was named to NFL’s 75th anniversary team, and in 1997 was elected into the Pro Football Hall of Fame, making him one of just two former Badgers (Elroy “Crazylegs” Hirsch is the other) to be in the Hall. He was later elected into the Wisconsin Football Hall of Fame in 2007.

    Webster passed away in 2002, and the football stadium in his hometown of Rhinelander is named in his honor.

    Cory Raymer: Years after Webster’s tenure at UW, Cory Raymer spent 1991 to 1994 at Wisconsin.

    He was a three-year starter at center for the Badgers, and helped the 1993 team average 250 rushing yards per game and win a Bit Ten title and the Rose Bowl.

    He was a first team All-Big Ten selection in both 1993 and 1994, and was a consensus All-American in 1994, Wisconsin’s first consensus All-American since Tim Krumrie in 1981.

    Following his collegiate career, Raymer was the 37th overall selection in the 1995 NFL Draft (second round) by the Washington Redskins, and played 11 seasons in the NFL.

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