Four former Wisconsin Badgers headed to the 2013 Pro Bowl

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Late scratches to Atlanta’s Matt Ryan and New England’s Rob Gronkowski paved the way for Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson and Houston Texans tight end Owen Daniels to join the league’s best in the 2013 Pro Bowl.

Wilson and Daniels join Cleveland Browns offensive lineman Joe Thomas and Texans defensive end J.J. Watt as the four former Wisconsin Badgers to make the team.

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Desperate Green Bay Packers need some help in Houston: Brutally Honest Preview

Two teams that many had as Super Bowl picks coming out of the preseason have drifted in completely different directions to start the year.

The Houston Texans are one of the league’s two undefeated teams at 5-0 while the Green Bay Packers have stumbled to a 2-3 record.

A week six match-up between these two pits a Packers team desperate to keep pace in a competitive NFC North while the Texans attempt to further establish their selves as the best team in the league.

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J.J. Watt’s brother also signs with Wisconsin Badgers

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Wisconsin has it’s own version of the Plumlees. Like how all Plumlee brothers go to Duke, if you’re a Watt, you’re headed to Madison.

According to his Facebook page, and confirmed by a tweet from big brother J.J. Watt, Pewaukee junior tight end/defensive end T.J. Watt (6-4, 198) will be the third member of his family to play football for the University of Wisconsin.

First you had the NFL first round draft choice who’s been an impact player for the Houston Texans. Next you had the middle brother Derek Watt, who’s a current Badger. Now you’ve got a third member of the family.

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Fantasy Football Studs, Duds & Sleepers: AFC South

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With the NFL lockout finally behind us, football fans can finally turn our attention from the courtrooms and onto the field, where it belongs. In the final edition of his preseason fantasy rankings, I rank the fantasy studs, duds and sleepers in the AFC South.

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Wisconsin Badgers Patrick Butrym Ready to Take His Game to the “Next Level”


On Sunday night, the Wisconsin Badgers named four of their seniors as team captains. Along with QB Russell Wilson, RB Bradie Ewing and FS Aaron Henry is DT Patrick Butrym.

Butrym is expected to take over the leadership role left vacant by first round draft pick and current Houston Texan J.J. Watt. Similar to Watt, Butrym is a hard-working senior who is currently flying under the radar at the beginning of the season.

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Former Wisconsin Badger J.J. Watt Excited to be a Texan


Former Wisconsin Badger J.J. Watt became the first Big Ten player selected in the 2011 NFL Draft when the Houston Texans picked the defensive end 11th overall.

Radio City Music Hall saw it’s fair share of surprises on Friday evening, but Watt wasn’t one of them. The Texans feel they have one of the best defensive players in the draft and Watt couldn’t be happier to be heading to Houston.

“It’s a great day to be a Texan.  I can’t wait to get down to Houston and start getting to work,” said Watt. “At the end of the day, I was waiting for a phone call and was extremely excited when it came from Houston.”

By: Nick Grays

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NFL Draft Combine Stock Report: More Winners

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In the words of DJ Khaled, in the now most overplayed song in all sports venues….”All I do is win, win, win.” And it applies to these three NFL Draft prospects.

Bad news surrounds everything NFL these days. It appears a deal will not be reached any time soon. But they extended the negotiating deadline another week. And there’s always a bull market somewhere. And good news for all you home-gamers is…the NFL Draft is right around the corner, and the combine just concluded.

We updated out second round mock a couple days ago. And a new update for both rounds will be here by Monday.

In the meantime, this is the first of two lightning rounds of winners and two more of losers from Indy.

By Paul M. Banks

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Badgers J.J. Watt Declares for NFL Draft


Prior to the Badgers’ 31-18 win over the #1 ranked Ohio State Buckeyes, not many outside of Madison were aware of the name J.J. Watt.

Now, just ask the Buckeyes’ quarterback Terrelle Pryor and he can tell you all about him.

Soon the NFL Draft will as well. Watt tweeted minutes ago that he’s entering the NFL Draft; and the Twitterverse blew up. Want to learn more about the former walk-on who went on to win the Lott Impact Trophy?

Here’s Nick Grays profile feature we recently did on him:

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Badgers J.J. Watt Wins 2010 Lott Impact Trophy


Best senior quarterback (Scott Tolzien and 2010 Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award), best offensive lineman (Gabe Carimi and 2010 Outland Trophy Award) and now the best defensive player in the country as the Badgers’ defensive end J.J. Watt was named the 2010 Lott Impact Trophy Award Winner on Sunday Night.

Watt has had a monster year while accumulating 21 tackles for loss, seven sacks, eight passes broken up, ten quarterback hurries and three blocked kicks.

The other three finalists for the Lott Impact award were Texas defensive lineman Sam Acho, Oregon linebacker Casey Matthews (Green Bay Packers LB Clay Matthews brother) and LSU cornerback Patrick Patterson.

By: Nick Grays

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Wisconsin Badgers Are Rose Bowl Bound


With a 70-23 trouncing of the Northwestern Wildcats, the Rose Bowl committee has seen enough. They should and most likely will invite the Wisconsin Badgers to the 2011 Rose Bowl in Pasadena, CA.

An invitation would mark the Badgers’ first trip to the elite New Year’s Day Bowl since beating Stanford 17-9 in the 2000 Rose Bowl. Ironically enough, the Badgers may face off with #6 Stanford who appear to be a legitimate at-large option for a BCS bowl this season.

By: Nick Grays

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Badgers Three-Headed Monster of Ball, Clay and White

Badgers Rose Bowl Hopes Still Alive


Who knew the Wisconsin Badgers only blemish would be a loss to Michigan State after back-to-back games with Big Ten powers Ohio State and Iowa? After an exhilarating win over Ohio State last Saturday, the Badgers came up huge with a come-from-behind 31-30 win over the Hawkeyes in Iowa City.

The barnburner at Kinnick Stadium had it all including the Heartland Trophy (a statue of a bull). More importantly, the Badgers kept their Rose Bowl hopes alive as they now sit tied for second in the Big Ten Standings behind only the Spartans who squeaked out a 35-27 win at Northwestern. In a quick turn of events, the Badgers will now become Hawkeye fans when Michigan State takes a trip to Iowa City next weekend.

By: Nick Grays

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