Badgers in the NFL

Badgers in the NFL: Week 7 matchups

Chris Borland gets his first start, Brad Nortman returns to Wisconsin and Russell Wilson and the Seahawks play their first game post-Percy Harvin.

Watt, Maragos shine in NFL Week 6


J.J. Watt was J.J. Watt, and Chris Maragos made another special teams play for the Philadelphia Eagles.

Badgers in NFL: Week 6 matchups


Is anyone better than J.J. Watt right now on defense?

Former Badgers Watt, Frederick face off Sunday


Two former first-round picks take the field, with both of their teams sitting at 3-1.

Russell Wilson: "I used to beat people up a lot"


"I used to beat people up. Truthfully, I used to beat people up a lot. Many of you readers probably think I have been Mr. Goody Two-Shoes my whole life, but honestly, I was a bully growing up. In elementary and middle school, I threw kids against the wall. I rubbed their heads in the dirt at recess. I bit them. I even knocked teeth out." — Russell Wilson

That's Russell Wilson at The Players' Tribune, the new "athletes unfiltered" venture from the newly retired Derek Jeter. Wilson was named Senior Editor on Thursday, but more importantly, he's published this eye-opening post titled "Let's Talk About It." He discusses his anger as a young teenager, how he used his faith to cope with it and how nobody will be able to if we don't speak out and be frank with ourselves. It's pretty easy to roll eyes when athletes take on societal issues like this, but this is a commendable, stark post by Wilson -- that "Goody Two-Shoes" line is pretty hilariously spot-on. Count one for Jeter and The Players' Tribune.

Badgers in the NFL: Week 4 preview


Eight former UW standouts have byes this week, but a whole lot of action remains -- including a lot of former Badgers facing off against each other

'Russell Wilson and a whooooole pack of Badgers'


Not much to add here, except that this Vine of Russell Wilson's player introduction from Thursday night's NFL season-opener was made for the Wisconsin blogosphere. Also, Russ: don't be afraid to smile. You look like you got force-fed that line and, boy, UW fans don't need another conspiracy this week.

J.J. Watt is a rich(er) man


"Watt said pizza boss he worked for told him he wasn't big enough to play football. He said 'hi to that guy.'"

J.J. Watt, via the Houston Chronicle's John McClain. Watt signed a six-year, $100 million contract extension Tuesday, making him the NFL's highest-paid defensive player. The quote above is just so perfect, particularly for Wisconsin fans who remember Watt's humble beginnings as a walk-on transfer from Central Michigan. While at CMU, Watt famously delivered pizzas to keep himself afloat. Now, he's one of UW's most beloved alumni in the NFL.

Oh crap, your son has to block J.J. Watt

This J.J. Watt clip from HBO's "Hard Knocks" is awesome. The Atlanta Falcons are featured this season, and their scrimmage against the Houston Texans brought them face-to-face with J.J. Watt. The clip begins with Bruce Matthews, a Hall of Famer who's son is Falcons left tackle Jake Matthews, talking to Atlanta offensive line coach Mike Tice (and father of Badger fan favorite Nate Tice). The ensuing voiceover is awesome; by highlighting the football dads first, the transition to Watt is essentially, "Oh, man. Your son's screwed!" And indeed, Watt looks pretty damn unblockable in the clip.

Montee Ball highlights from that brilliant 2011 season


There are nearly 10 minutes of highlights here, so it's just impossible to pick one favorite play from Montee Ball. I do think one thing that stands out here, and something that I've always admired about him, is his ability to make the most nasty of cuts look so easy. I think it's how he stays balanced while juking/cutting; he rarely looks like the fastest running back, but he's always able to evade defenders. Worse comes to worse, we've seen him throw out a nasty stiff arm on a quite a few occasions. Also, how much damn fun is it reliving Wisconsin's offense with Russell Wilson at the helm?

Montee Ball likely to miss NFL preseason


Former Wisconsin Badgers and current Denver Broncos running back Montee Ball had an appendectomy Tuesday, ESPN's Adam Schefter reported.

Report: Jared Abbrederis suffers torn ACL


If early reports are true, awful news has struck the rookie wide receiver and former Badger.

Conor O'Neill ready to 'Bear Down' in Chicago


Signed to the Chicago Bears in June, the former Wisconsin Badgers linebacker looks to make a splash later this month in the NFL.

Jacob Pedersen competing for NFL roster spot


Despite going undrafted, Jacob Pedersen still holds the promise of becoming one of the most versatile NFL tight ends in Wisconsin history.

2014 Chris Maragos Skills Camp a success


With friends and former Badgers Luke Swan, Jim Leonhard and Bradie Ewing as coaches, Chris Maragos held his fourth annual skills camp Saturday in Racine.


2014 Russell Wilson Passing Academy highlights

Russell Wilson held his second annual summer camp in Madison on Saturday.


2014 Chris Maragos Skills Camp gallery

Chris Maragos held his fourth annual skills camp in Racine, Wisconsin, Saturday.

Wisconsin reunion likely on 'Hard Knocks'

The Atlanta Falcons will be the featured team on this year's "Hard Knocks" show, potentially reuniting fans with five former Badgers favorites.

Ethan Hemer learning the NFL way in Pittsburgh


The former walk-on from Medford, Wisconsin begins his professional football career in Pittsburgh as he participates in the first organized team activities of the NFL offseason.

Podcast: Ethan Hemer interview; recruiting talk

Lots of Badgers talk tonight: Ben Worgull of talks Badgers recruiting starting at about the 45-minute mark, plus a conversation with NFL rookie and former Badger Ethan Hemer during...

Checking in with Jared Abbrederis

Let's check in with the former Wisconsin wideout, who's embraced a natural "hometown hero" role in Green Bay. Plus, did you pick your all-time Wisconsin basketball starting five?

How good could Dezmen Southward be in the NFL?

Dez Southward is the first defensive back from Wisconsin drafted since 2008, and the highest drafted safety in some time. We look at his skills and his predecessors' NFL careers.

Rounding up 2014 NFL Draft rumors

Will Chris Borland or Jared Abbrederis hear his name called first in this weekend's NFL Draft? There's a poll inside for your voting pleasure.

Russell Wilson files for divorce from wife, Ashton, Seattle Seahawks announce


"I have made the difficult decision to file for divorce. Clearly, decisions like these don’t come easy. Ashton and I respectfully ask for prayers, understanding and privacy during this difficult time. Moving forward, I will have no further comment on this personal matter."

Seattle Times

Josh Gasser, Badgers in the NFL

Plus, some love for the greatest No. 21 in school history.

Montee Ball dons frog suit at Final Four

Well, this is one way to make light of Saturday's loss.

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