Michael Reid-LB-(1983-86)-Reid was first team All-Big Ten and Badger MVP in 1986 before playing a few years in the NFL. Reid ranks 15th on the tackle list and 7th for tackles in one season with 156 in 1986 with a high of 22 against Michigan.
Terry Stieve-OT-(1973-75)-Stieve, a team captain, was named first team All-Big Ten in 1975 while blocking for Billy Marek. Stieve went on to play in the NFL for 9 years.
Ira Mathews-RB/KR-(1975-78)-Mathews ranks as one of the most exciting kick returners in Badger history. He ranks 7th in Badger history in career all-purpose yards (3700), in large part due to his return yardage. He ranks 7th in kickoff return yardage (989) and returned 2 for TDs in 1976. He also holds the record for highest kick return average in a season at 29.6 yards per return. He ranks 5th in career punt return yards (443) and returned 4 for touchdowns in his career, and a single season record of 16.9 yards per punt return, both Badger records. Just for good measure, his per carry rushing average of 5.05 ranks 8th all-time. Ira twice ran for over 100 yards in a game and went on to become one of the better return men in the NFL.
Dave Crossen-LB-(1975-1978)-Crossen, a hard nosed linebacker, was the Badger MVP in 1977. He ranks 4th all-time in career tackles with 427, 3rd in tackles in a season (175 in 1977) and holds the single game record for tackles in a game with 28 against Purdue.
Nick Davis-KR/WR-(1998-2001)-Davis ranks 2nd in punt return yards (1007), 3rd in punt return average (12.1), and 2nd in kickoff return yards (1778). Nick returned 5 kicks for scores in his career. He is also 4th on the all-time list in all-purpose yards with nearly 4000 yards. Davis was a semi-finalist for the Mosi Tatupu special teams POTY award a number of times and made a few All-American teams as a return man. He also finished his career with 80 receptions for 1097 yards and 6 TD's as a receiver.
Matt Davenport-K-(1997-98)-Davenport was named as All-Big Ten twice at Wisconsin and ranks 10th on the all-time scoring list (175). He holds the record for best kicking accuracy in a season (.905) as well as in a career (.868). He was known for his clutch kicks and was nicknamed, "Money". He drilled two game winning kicks in the final 6 seconds to win games in 1997.
Nate Odomes-CB-(1984-86)-Odomes was first team All-Big Ten in 1986 before a long NFL career, primarily with the Buffalo Bills. Odomes is 8th on the all-time interception list with 9 and his 7 in 1986 is 3rd all-time for one season. He was a key player on some solid mid-tier bowl defenses.
Mike Thompson-DT-(1991-94)-This two time captain was named All-Big Ten in 1994. He ranks 16th on the all-time tackle list with 316, and 2nd among defensive linemen. He is 2nd in tackles for losses in his career (57) and 3rd in career sacks (28), notching a high of 10 in 1993. Thompson was one of the leaders instrumental in turning the program around in the early 1990's.
Chuck Belin-OG-(1989-92)-Another two time captain, Belin was named All-Big Ten in 1992 before a career with the NFL Rams. Belin was often the sole bright spot for some bad Badger teams and was part of the turnaround under Barry Alvarez.