Ten Wisconsin Badgers we are most thankful for

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - APRIL 06: Jahlil Okafor (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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INDIANAPOLIS, IN – APRIL 04: Josh Gasser #21 and Sam Dekker #15 of the Wisconsin Badgers celebrate with teammates after defeating the Kentucky Wildcats during the NCAA Men’s Final Four Semifinal at Lucas Oil Stadium on April 4, 2015 in Indianapolis, Indiana. Wisconsin defeated Kentucky 71-64. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images) /

Which Wisconsin Badgers are you most thankful for?

The Wisconsin Badgers have become one of the proudest and most successful programs in multiple sports over the years. The football team has been to a bowl game every year since 2002 and the men’s basketball team just missed the NCAA Tournament for the first time since the 1997-98 season.

Through the years we have seen many great student-athletes wear the Cardinal and White and they have provided us with countless memories. Fans have seen incredible runs in the tournament and have seen magical football seasons. Sure, they sometimes end in soul-crushing fashion. But you cannot experience that pain without great pleasure first. And the Badgers have done a great job of giving fans things to cheer for.

This Thanksgiving Badger of Honor will give thanks to the Badgers that we appreciate most for their contributions to the athletic program over the years. The program has seen most of its successes in recent years so these names are still fresh in our memories.

To every Badger not named on this list, you are not forgotten. I could’ve added countless more names. Narrowing it down to ten, and even putting these ten into a set order, was difficult. Every Badger that has played a snap or a minute in my lifetime is somebody I appreciate.

From the hardwood to the gridiron, and into the future, these ten Wisconsin Badgers have done more for the program than we can quantify. This program would not be what it is today without them.