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Wisconsin Football: Two Former Badgers Win Super Bowl



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While much of the focus leading up to the Super Bowl was on two electric offenses, Wisconsin football fans paid special attention to the defenses. This season, both the Philadelphia Eagles and Kansas City Chiefs featured two memorable Badgers at linebacker. TJ Edwards performed admirably for the Eagles with six tackles, and a pass defended. It is Leo Chenal, however, leaving Arizona as a Super Bowl champion with the Kansas City Chiefs.

Former Badger Leo Chenal wins Super Bowl

Chenal is in his first year in the NFL after being drafted by the Chiefs in the third round of the NFL Draft. In the regular season, the Grantsburg, WI native recorded 35 tackles, including three tackles for loss. In the Super Bowl, Chenal added six tackles and a sack.

Chenal played at Wisconsin from 2019-2021. In his 2021 season, he recorded 62 tackles, eight sacks, two forced fumbles, and a Big Ten-leading 19 tackles for loss.

Late practice squad addition Melvin Gordon wins Super Bowl

Melvin Gordon is also a Super Bowl champion. The former Wisconsin football running back was signed to Kansas City’s practice squad in November after being cut by the Denver Broncos.

The former 15th overall pick played for the Badgers from 2011-2014. After rushing for 2587 yards and 29 touchdowns in 2014, Gordon finished second in voting for the Heisman Trophy. Gordon famously ran for 408 yards in a game against Nebraska, which, at the time, set the NCAA record for most rushing yards in a single game. He remains the career leader in yards per carry (7.8) among all Big Ten players.

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