Wisconsin Football: Top 50 Players in Wisconsin Badgers History

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The Wisconsin football team has seen many great football players in the team’s history, and here we take a look at the 30 best

The Wisconsin Badgers football team has been in existence since 1889, and a member of the Big Ten conference since its inception in 1896, and since then the Badgers have racked up more than 650 wins, a pair of Heisman Trophy winners, nine college Hall of Famers and dozens of All Americans. Those players and many more appear on our list of the top 50 best Wisconsin football players of all time.

Wisconsin has had two Heisman Trophy winners, Alan Ameche and Ron Dayne, and have had nine former players inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame. A pair of Badgers have even gone on to represent Wisconsin and their NFL teams in the NFL Hall of Fame.

From Badgers greats of years past like Elroy “Crazylegs” Hirsch, Pat Harder, Ameche and Pat Richter, to the stars of recent Badgers teams like Dayne, Russell Wilson, J.J. Watt, Jared Abbrederis, Melvin Gordon and Montee Ball, there’s no shortage of Badgers to choose from when attempting to narrow the list down to the best 50 of all time.

In essence, this list is a celebration of Wisconsin football history, from the Badgers early origins in the late 1800s to the stars of the most recent years, we take into account the impact and longevity players had at Wisconsin, and reminisce on the great plays and big games from some of the best football players to don the motion W on their helmets.

This list is by no means the end-all be-all for Wisconsin football. There have been so many great players to take the field for Wisconsin that to narrow it down to the top 30 was near impossible. Many names were left off of this list, and we want to hear who they are and why you think they should have been added.

Leave a comment after you peruse the list and tell us who we missed and where they belong on the list. And if you think we nailed one square on the head, you can fill us in on that too.

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