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See Which Wisconsin Badgers Alumni Won Super Bowl LVII



Wisconsin Football inside linebacker Leo Chenal

Sunday’s matchup between the Kansas City Chiefs and the Philadelphia Eagles marked the 37th time in 57 occurrences that a Wisconsin Badgers alumni played in the Super Bowl.

And when Super Bowl LVII ended with KC defeating the Eagles 38-35 in Phoenix, Arizona, two former Wisconsin football standouts hoisted the Lombardi trophy for their first time.

 Leo Chenal – Former Wisconsin Badgers ILB

Nov 13, 2021; Madison, WI, USA; Wisconsin linebacker Leo Chenal (5) tackles Northwestern tight end Marshall Lang (88) during the second quarter of their game on Saturday, November 13, 2021 at Camp Randall Stadium in Madison, Wis. Wisconsin beat Northwestern 35-7. Mandatory Credit: Mark Hoffman-USA TODAY Sports

In a game featuring former Badgers stars on both teams, it was Leo Chenal, who totaled six tackles and a sack against the Eagles, that capped off his rookie season by hoisting the Lombardi trophy.

Chenal, a Gransburg, Wisconsin native, played for the Badgers from 2019-21. After his junior season, Chenal was named the Big Ten Linebacker of the Year and received First-Team All-Big Ten + All-American honors before declaring for the NFL draft.

The 6-foot-3, 250-pound inside linebacker, who the Chiefs selected in the third round, appeared in every game this season, starting eight and registering 35 tackles, four pressures, three tackles for loss, and one sack. Per PFF, he played 296 snaps as a rookie and finished with the seventh-highest grade among Kansas City Chiefs defenders (70.5).

With this victory, Leo Chenal is now the 22nd member of the Wisconsin Badgers football program to win a Super Bowl.

Melvin Gordon – Former Wisconsin RB

Jan 1, 2015; Tampa, FL, USA; Wisconsin Badgers running back Melvin Gordon (25) on the bench during the first half in the 2015 Outback Bowl against the Auburn Tigers at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

And last but certainly not least, the 23rd Wisconsin Badgers alum to win a Super Bowl ring was none other than running back Melvin Gordon, a former first-round pick of the Chargers, who signed with Kansas City’s practice squad in November after getting cut by the Denver Broncos.

Gordon, who played for the Badgers from 2011-14, put together one of the best individual seasons by a tailback EVER in 2014 when he ran for 2,578 yards (2nd most in a single season in NCAA history) on 7.5 yards per carry and added 153 receiving yards + 32 total touchdowns. Only to finish second in the Heisman voting to Oregon’s Marcus Mariota.

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