Brooks Bollinger Rose Bowl photo

Badgers quarterback Brooks Bollinger escapes pressure from Stanford's Austin Lee in the 2000 Rose Bowl. Bollinger ran for a 1-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter to clinch the Badgers' 17-9 win.


As the UW-Madison celebrates Camp Randall's 100th anniversary with the Camp Randall 100, the second week of the list recognizes people who are part of the stadium's history on and off the playing field. 

Each week the State Journal is recapping the recent additions and linking to their stories on Here is the second group of Wisconsin's honorees. 

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Keynote speaker Katie Couric speaks to a crowd of graduates during the UW-Madison spring commencement ceremony at Camp Randall Stadium on May 16, 2015. 

A former co-host of the "Today Show" and a CBS evening news anchor, Katie Couric engaged the crowd at Camp Randall as Wisconsin's keynote speaker at commencement in 2015.

Couric's appearance was a crowd-pleaser as she discussed Wisconsin's recent loss to Duke in the national title game, saying, "Duke may have won the game but Frank the Tank and Josh ‘Captain America’ Gasser stole our hearts."

Alan Ameche photo

Alan Ameche is carried off the field by his Wisconsin teammates after his final home game. Photo courtesy of UW-Madison. 

There were high expectations for Alan Ameche coming out of Kenosha Bradford High School, and he more than lived up to them at Wisconsin. A consensus All-American fullback, in 1954 Ameche became the first Wisconsin player to win the Heisman Trophy. 

Ameche, the third overall pick in the 1955 NFL draft who went on to play six seasons for the Baltimore Colts, left Wisconsin as the NCAA's career rushing leader with 3,345 yards. But Ameche will be remembered by many football fans for his touchdown in overtime of "The Greatest Game Ever Played," the 1955 NFL championship game against the New York Giants. 

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Terry Westegard was known to many Badgers fans in the late 1970s and early '80s as The Portage Plumber. 

The name Terry Westergard might not ring a bell for many Badgers fans, but in the late 1970s and early 80s he was one of the biggest celebrities associated with Wisconsin football. 

A recognizable figure in his furry helmet, fur-lined skirt and trademark shirt, Westergard was better known as The Portage Plumber. Westegard, then a 20-something steamfitter, first caught the attention of the Camp Randall crowd when he emerged from Section X on Nov. 1, 1975, and began dancing with members of Wisconsin's pompon squad during the fourth quarter of a game against Illinois. 

According to the school, Westegard said the nickname was inspired by a story and headline in the Wisconsin State Journal, published in 1976, which loosely tied Westegard’s hometown to his occupation.

Aaron Gibson photo

Mammoth right tackle Aaron Gibson (center) anchored the Badgers' offensive line, clearing room for tailback Ron Dayne.

After playing multiple sports at Indianapolis' Decatur Central High School, Aaron Gibson weighed over 400 pounds by the time he got to Wisconsin. A USA Today All-American in track and football, Gibson had to sit out his freshman year because he was an academic non-qualifier. 

By his junior year at Wisconsin, Gibson had shed some weight and was starting at right tackle. As a senior, he was a consensus first-team All-American, and a finalist for the Outland Trophy and Lombardi Award, before being picked in the first round of the NFL draft by the Detroit Lions.

Gibson, who was the heaviest player in NFL history at 410 pounds, played six seasons in the league for the Lions, Dallas Cowboys and Chicago Bears.

Jim Mott photo

Jim Mott and his wife, Dorothy, watch a Badgers game from the Camp Randall press box following his retirement. Photo courtesy of UW-Madison. 

Madison native Jim Mott was the leading authority on the history of the UW Athletic Department for nearly forty years. Mott joined the sports information office as a student assistant in 1953. In 1966, he took over as director of sports information, where he continued until retiring in 1990.

Mott also served as press liaison for the 1980 U.S. hockey team that took the gold medal at Lake Placid, was inducted into the Madison Sports Hall of Fame and the UW Athletics Hall of Fame, and authored two books, including a history of Badgers football, "On Wisconsin."

Red Wilson photo

Robert "Red" Wilson was a two-sport star for Wisconsin, playing football and baseball. Photo courtesy of UW-Madison.

Long before Bo Jackson took the world by storm, Robert "Red" Wilson was a two-sport star for the Badgers. Playing center on the football team in 1947 and '48, he earned All-Big Ten honors in 1947. As a senior he switched positions and played end, earning the Big Ten Silver Football award as the league’s MVP.

But football wasn't even his best sport. Playing for the Badgers baseball team, Wilson lead the team in batting average in 1948 and '49, hitting .426 as a junior. As a senior he led the Badgers to a share of the Big Ten title and a fourth-place finish in the College World Series. 

Wilson, picked in the fourth round of the 1950 NFL draft by the Cleveland Browns, elected instead to play baseball. He signed with the Chicago White Sox as an undrafted free agent and went on to play 10 seasons in the majors.

Brooks Bollinger photo

Wisconsin quarterback Brooks Bollinger escapes pressure from Stanford's Austin Lee in the 2000 Rose Bowl. Bollinger ran for a 1-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter to clinch the Badgers' 17-9 win.

A four-year starter, Brooks Bollinger was a dual-threat quarterback who could beat defenses with his arm and feet. Coming to Wisconsin as a three-sport star out of Grand Forks, N.D., he threw for 5,627 yards and 38 touchdowns, and ran for 1,767 yards and 26 touchdowns as a Badger. 

A sixth-round pick by the New York Jets, Bollinger started 10 games in the NFL over five seasons split between the Jets, Minnesota Vikings and Dallas Cowboys. In 2009, he led the Florida Tuskers to the UFL title game and was named league MVP.

After retiring from football, Bollinger served as an assistant on Paul Chryst’s staff at Pittsburgh for two years and he’s currently the head coach at Cretin-Derham Hall High School in Saint Paul, Minn.


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