The Wisconsin Badgers are the athletic teams representing the University of Wisconsin-Madison in Madison, Wisconsin. They compete in the Big Ten Conference of the NCAA Division I and have a rich history of successful athletes across various sports.
In this article, we will highlight the top 5 best players in the history of Wisconsin Badgers, across different sports.
Ron Dayne (Football) Ron Dayne is considered one of the greatest running backs in college football history and the best player in Wisconsin Badgers football history. He played for the Badgers from 1996 to 1999, setting a school record with 7,125 rushing yards and 71 rushing touchdowns. Dayne won the 1999 Heisman Trophy and was named the Big Ten Player of the Year in both 1998 and 1999.
Dayne's career at Wisconsin was highlighted by his performance in the 1999 Rose Bowl, where he rushed for 246 yards and four touchdowns to lead the Badgers to a victory over UCLA. He was selected by the New York Giants in the first round of the 2000 NFL Draft and went on to play for seven seasons in the NFL.
Frank Kaminsky (Basketball) Frank Kaminsky is one of the most accomplished basketball players in Wisconsin Badgers history. He played for the Badgers from 2011 to 2015 and was a two-time first-team All-American. Kaminsky led the Badgers to back-to-back Final Four appearances in 2014 and 2015 and was named the Most Outstanding Player of the West Regional in 2015.
Kaminsky finished his career at Wisconsin with 1,458 points, 709 rebounds, and 172 blocks. He was selected by the Charlotte Hornets in the first round of the 2015 NBA Draft and has played for the Hornets, Phoenix Suns, and Sacramento Kings in the NBA.
Don Davey (Football) Don Davey was a standout defensive lineman for the Wisconsin Badgers from 1987 to 1990. He was a two-time first-team All-Big Ten selection and a first-team All-American in 1990. Davey finished his career at Wisconsin with 18 sacks and 42 tackles for loss.
Davey was selected by the Green Bay Packers in the third round of the 1991 NFL Draft and went on to play for the Packers and the Jacksonville Jaguars during his NFL career.
Mark Johnson (Hockey) Mark Johnson is one of the most accomplished hockey players in Wisconsin Badgers history. He played for the Badgers from 1976 to 1979 and was a two-time first-team All-American. Johnson helped lead the Badgers to NCAA Championships in 1977 and 1978 and was named the NCAA Tournament Most Valuable Player in 1977.
Johnson also played for the United States men's hockey team in the 1980 Winter Olympics, where he scored two goals in the famous "Miracle on Ice" victory over the Soviet Union. He went on to play in the NHL for 11 seasons and was inducted into the United States Hockey Hall of Fame in 2004.
Suzy Favor Hamilton (Track and Field) Suzy Favor Hamilton is one of the most successful track and field athletes in Wisconsin Badgers history. She competed for the Badgers from 1986 to 1990 and was a 23-time Big Ten champion and a nine-time NCAA champion. Favor Hamilton won six NCAA titles in the 1500 meters, three in the mile, and was a four-time Honda Sports Award winner.
Favor Hamilton went on to compete in the Olympics three times, in 1992, 1996, and 2000.
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