The Green Bay Packers and Wisconsin Badgers have both been institutions in Wisconsin for more than a century. Each team provided football fans with exciting memories and some frustrating times.
Currently, the Packers have two former Badgers on their 90-player roster with attacking lineman Cole Van Lanen and rookie future Danny Davis currently vying for the shortlist.
But who were the best players to have played for both teams? Here’s a look at the five former Badgers who had the best jobs with Packers. Players are only ranked on the basis of their play with packages considering longevity, individual success, and the players’ contributions to team success.
5. Q.B. Randy Wright (1984-1988)
The Packers selected Wright in the sixth round of the 1984 NFL Draft and former Badgers quarterback as a developmental option behind star Lynne Dickey.
By 1986, Wright had become a full-time quarterback for the struggling Packers team. He led the Packers to only four wins that season, throwing for 3,247 yards, 17 touchdowns, and 23 interceptions.
His most memorable game came on Thanksgiving Day that season when he led the Packers to a dramatic 44-40 win over the Lions in a memorable game for Walter Stanley’s touchdown performance. Wright finished the competition by going 18 of 26 for 286 yards and three touchdowns.
Wright started 14 games over the next two seasons, sharing quarterback duties with Don Majkowski. He finished his NFL career with 31 touchdown passes in five seasons.
4. S Ken Stills (1985-1989)
Ken Stills played six seasons in the NFL with the first five being with the Packers. Forrest Greg team drafted it in 8The tenth In 1985. One year later, the safety team that starts is free. His tough style made him a fan favorite on some pretty bad Packers bands in the late ’80s.
Stills was a fixture on the Green Bay for four seasons and intercepted seven assists while with the Pack. His first career interception came in the 1986 season finale against eventual Super Bowl champion New York Giants. He got on Phil Simms’ pass and returned him 58 yards for a touchdown.
In 1990, Stills ended his career with the Vikings. His son, wide receiver Kenny Stills, played nine seasons in the NFL.
3 – F.B. Ed. Jankowski (1937-1941)
The Packers drafted Jankowski in the first round in 1937. He enjoyed his best season in 1939 when he earned a Pro Bowl honor and helped the Curly Lambeau win the NFL Championship that year. Like all the NFL players of the era, he played offense and defense and did some kicking when called up.
In the 1939 title game against the New York Giants, Jankowski scored in a one-yard run to score the final points in a Packers 27-0 victory.
He played for the Packers during the 1941 season when his service in World War II ended his NFL career.
Jankowski was inducted into the Packers Hall of Fame in 1984.
2. C. Ken Bowman (1964-1973)
Bowman enjoyed success with both the Badgers and the Packers. He started in the Rose Bowl in 1963, then won three consecutive championships with the Packers from 1965-1967.
At the Ice Bowl, it was Bowman who Cowboys defensive Jethro Pugh teamed up with Jerry Kramer to help Bart Starr score game-winning points in the final seconds that gave Vince Lombardi their third consecutive NFL title.
Bowman was also part of the Packers NFC Central Division in 1972 and served as a union representative for the team.
Bowman became a lawyer after retiring from football and was inducted into the Packers Hall of Fame in 1981.
1. OT Mark Tauscher (2000-2010)
Tauscher quickly moved from a seventh-round draft pick to starting as a rookie when Earl Dotson was injured. Tauscher started 14 games in his first season and remained a regular tackler for 11 seasons when he was healthy.
Although he never made a Pro Bowl, Tauscher did a steady job protecting both Brett Favre and Aaron Rodgers while opening holes for Ahman Green, Dorsey Levins, and other talented contestants.
He remained with the Packers through the 2010 season. A shoulder injury in Week 4 caused him to miss the rest of the year, but he won the Super Bowl that year with the Pack.
Tauscher was inducted into the Packers Hall of Fame in 2018 and now hosts the Wilde and Tausch radio show.