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J.J. Watt, Joe Thomas and Travis Frederick named to NFL All-Pro teams

Three former Badgers were named to the "All-America team" of the NFL.

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It's a great time to be a Wisconsin Badger in the NFL, as there are seemingly big names all across the league that played in Madison. Three of those big names were honored on Friday by being named NFL All-Pros by the Associated Press,which is the equivalent of an All-America team in college football. J.J. Watt and Joe Thomas were both named to the All-Pro first team, while Travis Frederick was named to the second team.

It is Watt's fourth time being named to the All-Pro first team, as he has been named every year but his rookie season. For Thomas, it marks his sixth time being named to the first team. Frederick was named to the second team for the second time in the second consecutive season.

Wisconsin trailed only LSU in terms of alumni in named to the teams, as the Tigers can claim Patrick Peterson, Tyrann Mathieu, Andrew Whitworth and Odell Beckham Jr. USC and Georgia also had three players named to the teams.

Wisconsin led all Big Ten teams in players selected, as no other Big Ten school had more than one. Penn State, Nebraska, Michigan and Purdue were the only other B1G schools with representatives.