Former Badger player Derek Engler joins BN

If you ever wondered what the view was like from a center on the offensive line - you are about to find the answer. Former Badger center/offensive lineman Derek Engler joins the BadgerNation staff as a guest analyst for each football game remaining in the 2006 season. Here is a small biography piece. Read also what he thinks will happen this weekend versus SDSU. is proud to welcome former Wisconsin starting center Derek Engler to its' staff for the football season. Engler will join us every Monday morning for "Centering the Ball" - an x's and o's look into each Badger game. He will bring a strong playing and student-coaching background to our analysis.


Derek played his high school football at traditional Minnesota high school powerhouse Cretin-Durham Hall. Some of the notable alumni for C-DH: former Milwaukee Brewer great Paul Monitor, current Minnesota twin Joe Mauer, 2000 Heisman trophy winner and current Carolina Panther QB Chris Weinke, current Badger football player Kim Royston, current Iowa starting center Rafael Eubanks, and current Iowa State starting center Scott Stephenson. Engler's father is the president of the esteemed school.


Engler joined the team in the fall of 1992. He was a three-year starter for the Badgers (94-96). He was a part of three Wisconsin bowl championship teams: '94 Rose Bowl, '95 Hall of Fame and '96 Copper Bowl Champions. Along with Dan Buenning (current starting LG for Tampa Bay) he was the only other OL to receive the Offensive Player of the Game twice in a season: Ohio State and Minnesota 1996. Derek received game ball with the entire OL against Hawaii as we rushed for 499yds. Was a part of the offensive line to help Ron Dayne break Herschel Walker's freshman record for rushing in a season. Dayne did so while only playing eight and a half games, so it says something about the guys in front.


Started as an undrafted rookie with NY Giants in 1997. Received game ball awards twice while playing for the Giants. The first one was against the Broncos in 1998 breaking their unbeaten streak at 14 games and the second one was against Ted Washington at Buffalo in 1999. Played in the NFC Championship Game in 2001 defeating the Vikings 41-0. Played in the 2001 Super Bowl 35. Was asked to be a student-coach by Giants head coach Jim Fassel. Derek announced his retirement in 2001. He is a part of the following organizations: NFLPA Retired Players Member, W Club, Mendota Gridiron Club, NFL Alumni-Madison Chapter Board.


Engler has moved into the working world now. He was hired by the Witt-Wiedenfeld Group of Morgan Stanley in 2001. He offers sound advice to assist you in your retirement planning as well as any other financial service available. You can contact him by telephone at (800) 776-7797, or email: . He also is a part of the Fox Sports Madison radio team.


"I really do not think we should look at who we are playing as much as concentrating our own play. If we go about our business this week in practice and get after it like we just lost a game, then we should come out ready to take on whomever comes on to that field. I felt that killer instinct was not present against Western Illinois. Granted it is Western Illinois and it is hard to get up for a game like that but those are the games we need to dominate. I was hoping that we would have already crushed their will by halftime and had them begging for mercy by the fourth quarter. I did not see that in this game. You have to believe that this is going to be a heated week of practice and the tempo will be intensified with a complete focus on themselves and how the Badgers can get better as a football team."

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