As the Wisconsin Badgers prepare for National Signing Day and the upcoming 2016 season, a dozen alumni will compete starting on Saturday to hold the Vince Lombardi Trophy in early February.
The NFL playoffs start with the Kansas City Chiefs heading to Texas to face the Houston Texans with a 3:20 CT start on ABC/ESPN. With that, ten former Badgers are either on active rosters or practice squads of eight of the 12 teams hoping to reach Super Bowl 50 at Levi Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif.
With that, here's the list of former Badgers now on NFL squads, and the match-ups for Wild Card weekend.
Kansas City Chiefs vs. Houston Texas (3:20 p.m. CT, ABC/ESPN)
- Kansas City Chiefs -- (No Wisconsin Badgers, but former UW-Milwaukee basketball player Demetrius Harris is a tight end for Andy Reid's team)
- Houston Texans -- Defensive end J.J. Watt (76 tackles, 17.5 sacks, 3 forced fumbles); tight end Garrett Graham (4 receptions, 75 yards, 1 touchdown)
Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Cincinnati Bengals (7:15 p.m. CT, CBS)
- Pittsburgh Steelers -- None
- Cincinnati Bengals -- Guard Kevin Zeitler, (also to note: UW-Whitewater's Jake Kumerow, a wide receiver, is on their practice squad)
Seattle Seahawks vs. Minnesota Vikings (12:05 p.m. CT, NBC)
- Seattle Seahawks -- Quarterback Russell Wilson (4,024 yards passing, 68.1 completion percentage, 34 touchdown passes, 110.1 quarterback rating; 553 yards rushing, 5.4 yards per carry)
- Minnesota Vikings -- None
Green Bay Packers vs. Washington Redskins (3:40 p.m. CT, Fox)
- Green Bay Packers -- Wide receiver Jared Abbrederis (9 receptions, 111 yards, 5 catches for 1st down); quarterback Scott Tolzien (only 1 pass thrown for four yards in 2015)
- Washington Redskins -- None
NFL teams with a bye heading into next week's Division playoff round:
- Denver Broncos -- Tight end Owen Daniels (46 receptions, 517 yards, 3 touchdowns)
- New England Patriots -- Running back James White (40 receptions, 410 yards, four receiving touchdowns; two rushing touchdowns); running back Montee Ball (practice squad)
- Carolina Panthers -- Punter Brad Nortman (45.4 yards per punt, 65 long, 20 punts inside opponent's 20-yard line)
[Update 8:17 p.m. -- Added UW-Whitewater's Jake Kumerow to the Bengals section. He's on the practice squad.]