Wisconsin Football: Badgers All-Time NFL Offensive Unit
The Wisconsin Badgers have had a storied football history that began to take form again as the 90s and 2000s came around. These are where a number of NFL players can call Wisconsin their alma mater.
Though not many Badgers have turned into superstars on the NFL level, many have been focal points to their respected franchises and have turned in impressive careers.
Here is the Badgers' All-Time NFL Unit.
Archie Herber, Quartberack
After attending Wisconsin for one year, Herber attended Regis College. Following graduation, Herber was a handyman in Green Bay until Curly Lambeau gave him a tryout and he became part of a dominating team: the Green Bay Packers.
The NFL wasn't a passing league back when Herber played, as he led the NFL in passing in 1932 and posted 639 yards passing and nine touchdowns.
Herber became most effective when the Packers brought in Don Hutson, a player who seemingly changed the way the game was played.
Archie Herber was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2006.
Terrell Fletcher, Running Back
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At the college level, Wisconsin running backs are as good as it gets. They run hard and, with the big bullies up front year in and year out, Badger backs rack up yards in bunches.
Unfortunately, not many have been able to make a living in the NFL.
Terrell Fletcher is the exception. He may have not been one of the better running backs in the NFL, but he certainly was effective and established himself as one of the better pass-catching running backs over the span of his eight-year career.
In eight seasons, he amassed 30-plus receptions five times, including 61 receptions in 1996.
By the end of his career, Fletcher rushed for over 1,800 yards and had close to 2,000 receiving yards.
Alan Ameche, Fullback
Alan Ameche was a two-way player at Wisconsin, playing both fullback and linebacker. Odds are he'd be inferior in this day in age, but he was an iron man player as he went on to win the 1954 Heisman Trophy.
Ameche played just six NFL seasons, but amassed 44 touchdowns and over 4,000 rushing yards. He was named to four Pro Bowls and is best known for scoring the game-winning touchdown in the 1958 NFL Championship—a game dubbed as the "greatest game ever played."
Al Toon, Wide Receiver
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Al Toon played just three seasons in Madison and amassed 19 touchdown receptions and over 2,000 receiving yards.
Following his time as a Badger, Toon was drafted 10th overall by the Jets in the 1985 NFL Draft and went on to have eight successful seasons as a Jet that saw him catch 50-plus passes in six of those seasons.
Though he wasn't known for getting in the end zone, Toon led the NFL in receptions in 1988 and was named to three Pro Bowls and a spot on the All-Pro team in 1986.
Toon currently has a son, Nick, who is a senior WR on the Badgers.
Chris Chambers, Wide Receiver
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Chris Chambers had an injury-plagued career at Wisconsin, but turned in impressive performances nonetheless.
As a freshman, he was a backup guard on the basketball team. As a sophomore, Chambers hauled in seven touchdowns. In his junior and senior seasons, Chambers missed six games, but was still able to total 93 catches for 1,391 yards and 12 touchdowns.
Despite injuries at Wisconsin, the Miami Dolphins took Chambers in the second round of the 2001 NFL Draft.
His most productive years came as a Dolphin, where he amassed 405 receptions for 5,688 yards and 43 touchdown receptions. Chambers was a consistent target with his lowest reception output as a Dolphin being 48.
Owen Daniels, Tight End
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Throughout his career at Wisconsin, Owen Daniels was praised for his versatility as a guy who could line up on the line and block or play in the slot.
Though his statistics don't reflect it, NFL scouts noticed Daniels' talent as he was selected in the fourth round of the 2006 NFL Draft.
Daniels has had a very good career thus far in the NFL as he has established himself as one of the league's better tight ends.
Despite having his season shortened in 2009 and 2010, Daniels has hauled in 276 passes and 20 touchdowns playing alongside the likes of Andre Johnson.
Daniels is healthy in 2011 and is on pace to have his best statistical season yet.
Joe Thomas, Tackle
Joe Thomas left Wisconsin as one of the most decorated players to ever come through the university. Following his senior season, Thomas was awarded the Outland Trophy and was named a First Team All-American.
His collegiate career would be rewarded by being picked third overall by the Cleveland Browns in 2007.
In his five seasons at left tackle, Thomas has allowed under 20 sacks and has been penalized just 22 times in 69 career games.
He has yet to miss a start in his young career and seems to be getting better by the year, as he has allowed just one sack in six games thus far in 2011.
John Moffitt, Guard
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You may call me crazy on this one.
As a senior guard in 2010, John Moffitt was a consensus All-American by many publications and was drafted in the third round by the Seahawks this past April.
Without much hesitation, they plugged him into the starting lineup and he is already looking like one of the better guards in the NFC West.
He has the size of some offensive tackles at 6'5", 320 pounds and has been a great addition to the Seahawks' front line.
Unless he becomes a victim to injuries, he certainly looks like a player who will start until the day he retires.
Michael "Iron Mike" Webster, Center
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During his career at Wisconsin, despite being 255 pounds, "Iron Mike" Webster was heavily regarded as the best center in the Big Ten and was drafted in the fifth round of the 1974 NFL Draft.
Webster took over as the Steelers' starting center in 1976 and remained there for 150 consecutive games. He was an All-Pro seven times and elected to the Pro Bowl nine times.
On top of that, he was the anchor of the Steelers' offensive line that helped Pittsburgh win four Super Bowls and was blessed with having Terry Bradshaw as his quarterback.
Terry Stieve, Guard
Terry Stieve was a captain and a First Team All-Big Ten performer in 1975 for the Badgers.
At the conclusion of his career at Wisconsin, Stieve was drafted in the sixth round of the 1976 NFL Draft by the New Orleans Saints.
He started six games as a rookie and, if it wasn't for knee injuries, Stieve likely would have started many more than the 98 he already had.
Paul Gruber, Tackle
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The Badgers weren't thought of as much in the mid-to-late 1980s, but Paul Gruber was certainly a glimmer of light. He was an All-American in 1987 and the hometown kid was a top-five selection in the 1988 NFL Draft by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
In his 12 NFL seasons, Gruber started all 16 games 10 times and would have been a full 12-year starter had two years not ended in injury.