Every former Wisconsin Badger currently playing in the UFL

The UFL is in its inaugural season and there are some familiar former Badgers playing for the championship.
Wisconsin safety Scott Nelson (9) intercepts a pass intended for Minnesota tight end Brevyn Spann-Ford.
Wisconsin safety Scott Nelson (9) intercepts a pass intended for Minnesota tight end Brevyn Spann-Ford. / Mark Hoffman / Milwaukee Journal

Not every former Wisconsin player who wanted to play professionally was able to make it to the NFL. However, now with the UFL, formally known as the XFL and USFL separately before they merged into one league, player have the ability to still play at a high level and even make their case to be in the NFL.

Not many former Badgers are currently playing in the UFL, but with this being the first season, players that might get cut from NFL rosters might want a way to keep continue to compete and make it back to the NFL.

Right now only two former Badgers are playing in the UFL and that is Olive Sagapolu and Scott Nelson.

Olive Sagapolu played at Wisconsin from 2015 to 2018 as a nose tackle. Now he plays for the Houston Roughnecks as a defensive tackle anywhere they need him on the line. Sagapolu tried his hand at the NFL signing with the Green Bay Packers first but was waived before the season started. Then in December 2019, he signed with the Detroit Lions who kept him on their practice squad for two weeks and then later signed him to a reserve/future contract. He was waived the following September.

His final attempt with the NFL was when he signed with the Atlanta Falcons in May 2021 but was released that following August. After moving around different USFL and XFL teams, Sagapolu is now playing with the Roughnecks, but was placed on injured reserve in mid-April.

The other former Badger currently playing in the UFL is Scott Nelson, who played at Wisconsin from 2018 to 2021 as a safety. Now Nelson is playing for the San Antonio Brahmas in that same position. Nelson signed and was released by the Seattle Seahawks, the Pittsburgh Steelers twice, the Detroit Lions, and the Houston Texans.

What other former Wisconsin Badgers will we see in the UFL in the future? Only time will tell.