Legendary Packers RG Jerry Kramer named a senior finalist for HOF

GREEN BAY, Wis. — 50 years after his block during the Ice Bowl, legendary Packers right guard Jerry Kramer has been named a senior finalist for the Pro Football Hall of Fame 2018 class.

Former Tennessee Oilers linebacker Robert Brazile was also announced as a senior finalist Thursday afternoon.

Kramer has long been considered by fans one of the biggest omissions to the Hall, considering his contributions to championship during the Vince Lombardi era. He was inducted into the Wisconsin Athletic Hall of Fame in 2015.

“It’s a wonderful thing to have happen to you,” Kramer said in Milwaukee in 2015. “Again, I grew up in a little town in northern Idaho and I thought someday if I got really, really lucky I’d be able to drive a logging truck…The whole professional football ride has just been a fantasy land for me.”

Kramer was named All-Pro six times during his career, also being named to three Pro Bowls.

Kramer was the only member of the 1969 50th anniversary team to not be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. To be inducted for the class of 2018, Kramer would need to receive at least 80 percent of the votes from the 46-person committee. The inductees will be announced on NBC for a television event tentatively scheduled for Feb. 3, 2018.

UW Athletics Hall of Fame to add 10 to 2017 class

MADISON, Wis. — 10 former Badgers will be inducted into the University of Wisconsin Athletics Hall of Fame on Sept. 29 at Union South. The class includes two gold medalists, a pair of NCAA champions, an NHL all-star, two Rose Bowl-winning quarterbacks and a WNBA player.

Inductees are Sara Bauer, women’s hockey; Darrell Bevell, football; Brooks Bollinger, football; Brian Elliott, men’s hockey; Tamara Moore, women’s basketball; Arlie Schardt, men’s cross country and track and field; Bob Suter, men’s hockey; and Tracy Webster, men’s basketball. Former baseball coach Guy Lowman was selected in the coach/staff category while UW Marching Band Director Mike Leckrone was honored in the special service category.

“This is another tremendous Hall of Fame class,” UW Director of Athletics Barry Alvarez said. “It’s got a little bit of everything from Rose Bowl-winning quarterbacks to NHL all-stars to great basketball players to our first Patty Kazmaier Award winner and more. Most importantly, these are all people who have represented the university in the right way and will be Badgers forever. I am really looking forward to the induction ceremony.”

Bauer was UW’s first Patty Kazmaier Award winner
One of the most honored women’s hockey players in program history, Bauer was the first Badger to win the Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award as the nation’s top player in 2006. The forward led UW to back-to-back NCAA titles in 2006 and 2007 and was a two-time USCHO.com and WCHA Player of the Year. Bauer wrapped up her career as Wisconsin’s all-time scoring leader and was a two-time UW female athlete of the year.

Bauer also skated with the Canadian National Team from 2004-08. She returned to school to earn her master’s degree in education and opened the Sara Bauer Academy for hockey training and skills.

Bevell became Badgers’ first Rose Bowl winner
Bevell was under center for one of the greatest seasons in Wisconsin football history, leading the Badgers to a 10-1-1 record, the 1993 Big Ten championship and their first trip to the Rose Bowl in 31 years. His memorable, and unlikely, 21-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter helped secure the UW program’s first win in Pasadena. That performance capped a season in which he was named first-team All-Big Ten, set the single-season school record for passing yards (2,390) and matched the UW mark for touchdown passes (19).

A four-year starter, Bevell finished his career as the Badgers’ career leader in passing yards (7,686), completions (646), attempts (1,052), completion percentage (61.4%) and touchdown passes (59).
Bevell has worked as an NFL assistant coach since 2000, serving on the staffs of the Green Bay Packers and Minnesota Vikings before becoming offensive coordinator of the Seattle Seahawks in 2011 and winning Super Bowl XLVIII two seasons later.

Bollinger a winner from the start
Bollinger led the Badgers to the 1999 Big Ten championship and 2000 Rose Bowl title. A four-year starter at quarterback he compiled a 30-12 record, including a 3-0 mark in bowl games, from 1999 to 2002. Bollinger was named the 1999 Big Ten Freshman of the Year and finished his career ranked second in school history in passing yards, attempts, completions and touchdowns.

He was selected in the 2003 NFL Draft and played seven seasons with New York Jets, Minnesota Vikings and Dallas Cowboys. Bollinger also played two years in the United Football League, earning MVP honors in 2009 before retiring from football in 2011. He currently serves as head football coach at Cretin-Derham Hall High School in St. Paul, Minnesota.

Elliott a goaltending great
Elliott was the starting goalkeeper for the Badgers’ 2006 NCAA championship team, earning first-team All-America honors. A top-three finalist for the 2006 Hobey Baker Memorial Award, Elliott was also a three-time Academic All-Big Ten pick and the 2005-06 UW Athletic Board Scholar. He set school records for career goals-against average (1.78) and save percentage (.931).

Elliott was drafted in 2003 and has played for 10 seasons in the NHL with Ottawa, Colorado, St. Louis and Calgary. He is also a two-time NHL all-star.

Moore made her mark as point guard
Moore was a two-time honorable mention All-American and two-time All-Big Ten pick. She was named a finalist for the 2002 Nancy Lieberman Point Guard of the Year award and the 2002 Senior CLASS award. Moore led the Badgers to the 1999 WNIT championship, earning most valuable player honors. The 2001 Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year, Moore ranks first on the UW career record lists in assists and steals.

A finalist for the U.S. team for the 2001 World University Games, Moore was selected 15th overall by the Miami Sol in the 2002 WNBA Draft. She played in the WNBA for six seasons.

Schardt was Badgers’ first Olympic gold medalist
Schardt was selected as the Heritage member of the 2017 Hall of Fame class. A track and cross country standout from 1914-17, he served as team captain of the 1915 cross country team that won the Big Ten and National Intercollegiate championships. Schardt, from Milwaukee was also a member of two Big Ten championship track teams. The middle distance runner won the 1917 Big Ten indoor mile title before graduating that spring.

Schardt entered the U.S. Army as a second lieutenant and immediately went into combat in World War I. He was severely injured after a battle in the Argonne Forest and was left for dead for two-and-a-half days. After recovering, Schardt continued to compete following the war and placed second in the mile at the 1919 American Expeditionary Forces Championships. He became the first Badger to claim a gold medal, winning the 3000-meter team race as part of the U.S. squad at the 1920 Olympic Games in Antwerp, Belgium.

Suter made Madison youth hockey his ambition
A Madison legend, Suter was a member of UW’s 1977 NCAA championship team. The defenseman earned second-team All-WCHA honors in 1979 while being named the inaugural winner of the Fenton Kelsey Jr. Most Competitive Player Award on the UW team.

Suter was a member of the “Miracle on Ice” U.S. team that won gold in hockey at the 1980 Olympics and also skated for Team USA at the 1981 World Championships. Suter was drafted in 1977 by the Los Angeles Kings but never played a game in the NHL. The Madison East High School graduate returned to Madison, where he opened a sporting goods store called Gold Medal Sports. Suter also coached youth hockey in Madison and became part owner and director of Capitol Ice Arena in Middleton. The arena was named in his honor following his death in 2014.

Webster led resurgence of men’s basketball
Webster was a key member of the Wisconsin teams in the early 1990s. He helped guide UW to the 1994 NCAA Tournament, the Badgers’ first appearance in the Big Dance in more than 40 years. A second-team All-Big Ten pick, Webster scored more than 1,264 career points. He still holds the UW career record for assists (501) and ranks second all-time in steals (183). A three-time team captain, Webster was named the Badgers’ most valuable player in 1992.

Webster has spent more than 15 years coaching Division I college basketball, serving as an assistant coach at Kentucky, Illinois, Purdue, Ball State, DePaul, Nebraska, Tennessee and California.

Lowman a legend on the diamond
Lowman coached three sports at Wisconsin but is known primarily as the Badgers’ baseball coach. In 1918, he coached the baseball team. The following season, he coached the football team before opening a two-year run as basketball coach. Lowman led the hoopsters to the 1917-18 Big Ten title with a 9-3 conference record.

He returned to coach the baseball team from 1921-32, finishing with a 140-105 record and claiming the 1930 Big Ten championship. The Badgers’ home field was named after Lowman in 1952.

Leckrone a fixture of Fifth Quarter
Since 1969, Leckrone has served as director of the UW Marching Band. He has established numerous traditions, including the Fifth Quarter, the Bud Song and the band’s high-stepping marching style. Leckrone was recognized as an Outstanding Educator of America by the Outstanding Americans Foundation in 1970 and received the Outstanding Bandmaster Award from the Wisconsin Chapter of Phi Beta in 1973.

Leckrone has also been recognized by several UW booster clubs, receiving the Pat O’Dea Award, the Blue Line Club Distinguished Service Award, the Badger Basketball Boosters Distinguished Service Award, the UW Alumni Club Distinguished Faculty Award, and the Wisconsin Newspaper Writers Special Edition Award. He has also been inducted into the Wisconsin Hockey Hall of Fame and the Wisconsin Football Hall of Fame.

(UWBadgers.com)

Bo Ryan voted into College Basketball Hall of Fame

MADISON, Wis. – Former Wisconsin head men’s basketball coach Bo Ryan will take his rightful place among the legends of college hoops this fall when he is inducted into the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame.

Ryan is one of eight individuals that make up the Class of 2017, joining Wake Forest’s Tim Duncan, Winston-Salem State’s Cleo Hill, Indiana’s Scott May, Purdue’s Rick Mount, Creighton’s Paul Silas, Gonzaga’s John Stockton and Duke’s Jay Williams.

The 2017 Hall of Fame Induction Celebration will take place on Sunday, Nov. 19 at the Arvest Bank Theatre at the Midland in Kansas City, Missouri. The Wisconsin men’s basketball team will then participate in the Hall of Fame Classic over the next two days, along with Baylor, Creighton and UCLA.

The National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame is located inside the College Basketball Experience (CBE), a world-class experiential entertainment facility adjacent to Kansas City’s Sprint Center.

“We are honored to welcome another esteemed class into the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame,” said Reggie Minton, deputy executive director of the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) and chair of the Hall of Fame selection panel. “Collectively, this group broke barriers, won championships, set records, competed for their country, and left a lasting mark on the coaching profession. Each inductee is uniquely deserving of a permanent place in our game’s history.”

With a remarkable 27 postseason appearances on his resume, Ryan took basketball to new heights in the state of Wisconsin. Ryan’s head coaching career began at UW-Platteville, where he won 353 games from 1984 through 1999 and guided the program to four NCAA Division III national titles. After two seasons at Milwaukee, Ryan spent 14-plus seasons with the Badgers, piling up a school-record 364 victories. His UW teams never failed to reach the NCAA Tournament, never finished lower than fourth in the Big Ten standings and won a total of seven Big Ten championships. A four-time Big Ten Coach of the Year, Ryan’s Wisconsin career was highlighted by a Final Four appearance in 2014 and a run to the national championship game in 2015 – his final full season on the sidelines.

The National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame, a program of the NABC Foundation, inducted its first class in 2006. That class included the game’s inventor, Dr. James Naismith, and possibly its greatest coach, John Wooden. Since then, 10 more classes have been inducted, including the likes of Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Larry Bird, Earvin “Magic” Johnson and Dominique Wilkins. More information about Hall of Fame weekend can be found at www.halloffameweekend.com.

National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame
Class of 2017

Tim Duncan, Player, Wake Forest
· Averaged 16.5 points, 12.3 rebounds, 3.8 blocks and 2.3 assists over four years at Wake Forest, leading the school to four-straight NCAA Tournaments.
· Three-time NABC Defensive Player of the Year, two-time ACC Player of the Year, two-time consensus All-American, and the 1997 consensus National Player of the Year.
· Selected No. 1 overall by the San Antonio Spurs in the 1997 NBA Draft.
· Won five NBA titles, two NBA MVP awards, and three NBA Finals MVPs with the Spurs.

Cleo Hill, Player, Winston-Salem State
· The second-highest scorer in Winston-Salem State history, averaged 25.4 points per game over four seasons.
· Led the program to back-to-back CIAA titles as a junior and senior.
· Two-time All-CIAA selection and a NAIA first-team All-American in 1961.
· Picked eighth overall by the St. Louis Hawks in the 1961 NBA Draft, becoming the first HBCU player ever taken in the first round.

Scott May, Player, Indiana
· Leader on 1975-76 Indiana squad that finished a perfect 32-0 – the most recent NCAA Division I team to complete an undefeated season.
· NABC, Naismith, AP, Helms Foundation, Rupp and Sporting News National Player of the Year in 1976.
· Consensus All-American as a junior and senior.
· Drafted second overall in 1976 by the Chicago Bulls.

Rick Mount, Player, Purdue
· All-time leading scorer in Purdue history with 2,323 career points.
· Guided Purdue to the 1969 Big Ten title, the program’s first-ever NCAA Tournament, and an appearance in the national title game.
· Two-time consensus All-American and three-time All-Big Ten First Team selection.
· No. 1 overall selection in the 1970 ABA Draft by the Indiana Pacers.

Paul Silas, Player, Creighton
· Ranks sixth overall and first among three-year players in Division I history with 1,751 career rebounds.
· Third all-time at Creighton with a career scoring average of 20.5 points per game.
· Earned multiple All-America honors in each of his three varsity seasons.
· Won three NBA titles as a player, and later coaches four different NBA franchises.

John Stockton, Player, Gonzaga
· Gonzaga’s all-time steals leader and ranks fourth in career assists.
· 1984 West Coast Athletic Conference Player of the Year after averaging 20.9 points, 7.2 assists and 3.9 steals per game.
· Played 19 seasons with the Utah Jazz, finishing as the NBA’s all-time leader in both steals and assists.
· Won Olympic gold medals with the 1992 USA Basketball “Dream Team” and again in 1996.

Jay Williams, Player, Duke
· Led Duke to a 95-13 record during his three seasons, including the 2001 national championship.
· Two-time consensus All-American, two-time All-ACC First Team selection, NABC Player of the Year in 2001, and the consensus National Player of the Year in 2002.
· Ranks second in assists per game, second in steals per game, third in made three-pointers and seventh in scoring average in Duke history.
· Selected second overall in the 2002 NBA Draft by the Chicago Bulls.

Bo Ryan, Coach, Wisconsin, Milwaukee and Wisconsin-Platteville
· Won 747 career games and made 27 postseasons appearances as the head coach at three different college programs.
· Guided Wisconsin-Platteville to four NCAA Division III national titles.
· Won a school-record 364 games at Wisconsin, leading the Badgers to the NCAA Tournament in each of his 14 seasons, including a pair of Final Fours.
· Captured seven Big Ten championships and four Big Ten Coach of the Year awards.

(uwbadgers.com)

Three to be inducted into Packers HOF

GREEN BAY, Wis. — Nick Collins, Chad Clifton, and Russ Winnie will be inducted into the Green Bay Packers Hall of Fame Saturday night inside the Lambeau Field Atrium.

The 46th annual Hall of Fame Induction Banquet features former second-round draft selections Collins and Clifton, who become the first alumni from the 2010 Super Bowl season to go into the Hall.

With a combined five Pro Bowl appearances and 19 NFL seasons with the Packers, both Collins and Clifton had valuable roles in bringing the latest championship to TItletown, most notably Collins’ first quarter interception for a touchdown.

Winnie joins Collins and Clifton in the Packers Hall of Fame after spending 18 years in the broadcast booth, covering the team’s first six NFL championships.

The induction dinner begins at 7 p.m.

Favre HOF presenter to be named next week

CANTON, Ohio — Former Green Bay Packers quarterback Brett Favre will be enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame on Aug. 6, but his presenter was not unveiled during a teleconference Tuesday morning.

Favre answered questions from reporters for about 20 minutes, but when a question came up about who would present Favre into the Hall, the teleconference moderator said that announcement would be made “early next week.” Favre didn’t hesitate to reveal he wishes the late Irv Favre could hold that distinction.

“My dad definitely would have been doing it,” Favre said. “I’ll talk about that during my induction, but had he been around, he’d have been doing it.”

Favre lost his father on Dec. 21, 2003 and would go on to have one of the most iconic games of his career on “Monday Night Football” against the Raiders. The future Hall-of-Famer threw for 399 yards and four touchdowns in the contest, resulting in a 41-7 win over Oakland.

In Tuesday’s teleconference, Favre also discussed the risk former Packers general manager Ron Wolf took in trading a first round pick for Favre despite a failed physical. One of Green Bay’s doctors voiced concerns over a hip condition that he believed would limit Favre to a 5-to-7 year playing career.

SB 50, Favre Hits Hall & Newton Loses Nook

By Sean ‘Snuff’ Smith  Mon. Feb. 8, 2016  10:59 a.m.  CT
MADISON, Wisconsin —  Personally, I enjoyed the Super Bowl this year.  I get it, not much scoring from either Offense so some lost interest.  Also, the Commercials seemed to get worse as the Game got closer to its conclusion.  The two that stuck out for me were:  Doritos Ultrasound & the creepy Kickstarter Puppy-Monkey-Baby or something to that effect.  How about an awesome Brett Favre story as well?!?  Bill Michaels spent most of Super Bowl week in the Bay area and he shares his top storylines:  
Congrats to Peyton Manning on his second Vince Lombardi Trophy!
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Favre Voted Into Pro Football Hall Of Fame

By Eric Rogers
Feb. 7, 2016 11:50 a.m. CT

Santa Clara, Calif. — In his first year of eligibility, former Packers quarterback Brett Favre was voted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame Saturday night.

“When I traded for Brett Favre I thought he would be sensational,” Ron Wolf, former Packers Vice President and General Manager, said in a statement. “He became incomparable. They say that old Yankee Stadium was the house that Ruth built. Well, the Lambeau Field reconstruction is the house that Favre built.”

Favre spent 16 years in Green Bay, earning a Super Bowl XXXI victory, three NFL MVP awards, and 11 Pro Bowl selections. It only took voters six seconds to deliberate on whether or not to induct Favre as a first-ballot honoree.

As head coach of the Green Bay Packers, Mike McCarthy spend two years with Favre, showing his appreciation in a prepared statement:

“Selection into the Pro Football Hall of Fame is another incredible and well-deserved honor for Brett. He belongs among the greatest players in the history of the game. It was a privilege to work with Brett during his spectacular career with the Green Bay Packers. Congratulations Brett, Deanna and the Favre family.”

Favre will be officially be inducted into the Hall in Canton, Ohio this August. The current Packers were selected to participate in the coinciding Hall of Fame Game, an event they haven’t participated in since 2003.