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Former Wisconsin Badgers TE Added to NFL Pro Bowl Roster

Former Wisconsin Badgers TE Jake Ferguson will fill in for George Kittle in the Pro Bowl.



Former Wisconsin football star tight end Jake Ferguson
Aug 12, 2023; Arlington, Texas, USA; Dallas Cowboys tight end Jake Ferguson (87) makes a leaping catch past Jacksonville Jaguars linebacker Shaquille Quarterman (50) during the first quarter at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

After defeating the Detroit Lions 34-31 in the NFC Championship last Sunday, the San Francisco 49ers are headed to Super Bowl LVIII where they will face Patrick Mahomes and the Kansas City Chiefs in Las Vegas. However, the dramatic matchup also saw Wisconsin football pick up a victory in the process — former Badgers tight end Jake Ferguson was selected to replace 49ers TE George Kittle in this year’s NFL Pro Bowl.

Former Wisconsin Badgers TE Jake Ferguson Selected to the Pro Bowl

In only his second year in the NFL, Ferguson is set to make his inaugural Pro Bowl appearance on February 1st.

The Dallas Cowboys TE recorded an impressive 761 yards and five touchdowns on 71 receptions during the regular season, later adding three more touchdowns to his name in a playoff loss to the Green Bay Packers. The 25-year-old was a fourth-round selection in the 2022 NFL Draft, and has since been one of the most dominant tight ends in the NFC. He finished the season with the eighth most TE receiving yards across the league, behind big names such as Travis Kelce, George Kittle, and T.J. Hockenson.

Ferguson’s collegiate stats at Wisconsin were just as impressive.

The 6’5″, 244 lb. pass catcher notched 1,618 receiving yards and 13 touchdowns across his career in Madison. During his years at the university, he completed a reception in every single game he participated in, and was a candidate for the John Mackey Award (NCAA’s best TE), the Lombardi Award, and received several conference honors.

With the addition of Ferguson to the Pro Bowl roster, the Dallas Cowboys now have 10 competitors in the annual conference clash. With only two years of professional experience under his belt, the future looks bright for the former Wisconsin Badgers football star.

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