Tyler Biadasz of Amherst tackles Hunter Luepke of Spencer/Columbus Catholic in the 2015 WIAA Division 5 state title game; now they are teammates with the Dallas Cowboys
The state of Wisconsin continues to have a strong presence in the NFL, with 28 players on rosters or practice squads at the beginning of the 2023 season. While superstar J.J. Watt has retired, the list includes marquee names such as T.J. Watt, Ryan Ramczyk, and Kevin Zeitler, along with a host of young up-and-coming players.
Players who were on the list last year but are no longer in the NFL include Vince Biegel (Wisconsin Rapids), Daviyon Nixon (Kenosha Indian Trail), Jordan Steckler (Two Rivers), Derek Watt (Pewaukee), and J.J. Watt (Pewaukee).
Newcomers this season include four, first-year players: Keeanu Benton (Janesville Craig HS, Wisconsin, Pittsburgh), Jon Gaines (Marquette HS, UCLA, Arizona injured reserve), Hunter Luepke (Spencer/Columbus Catholic, North Dakota State, Dallas), Will McDonald (Waukesha North, Iowa State, New York Jets).
Former Janesville Craig and Wisconsin star Keeanu Benton is in his first year in the NFL
A full list of former Wisconsin high school players in the NFL is below. To see past seasons, please click here.
|First Name||Last Name||High School||College||Pro Team||Year||Notes|
|Zack||Baun||Brown Deer||Wisconsin||New Orleans Saints||4|
|Nick||Bellore||Whitefish Bay||Central Michigan||Seattle Seahawks||13|
|Keeanu||Benton||Janesville Craig||Wisconsin||Pittsburgh Steelers||R|
|Ben||Bredeson||Arrowhead||Michigan||New York Giants||4|
|Logan||Bruss||Kimberly||Wisconsin||Los Angeles Rams||2||Practice Squad|
|Mike||Caliendo||Brookfield East||Western Michigan||Kansas City Chiefs||2|
|Leo||Chenal||Grantsburg||Wisconsin||Kansas City Chiefs||2|
|Alex||Erickson||Darlington||Wisconsin||Los Angeles Chargers||8||Practice Squad|
|Jake||Ferguson||Madison Memorial||Wisconsin||Dallas Cowboys||2|
|Daurice||Fountain||Madison Memorial||Northern Iowa||Detroit Lions||5||Practice Squad|
|Jon||Gaines||Marquette University||UCLA||Arizona Cardinals||R||IR|
|Luke||Goedeke||Valders||Central Michigan||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||2|
|Melvin||Gordon III||Kenosha Bradford||Wisconsin||Baltimore Ravens||9||Practice Squad|
|Shelby||Harris||Homestead||Illinois State||Cleveland Browns||9|
|Matt||Henningsen||Menomonee Falls||Wisconsin||Denver Broncos||2|
|Alec||Ingold||Bay Port||Wisconsin||Miami Dolphins||5|
|Hunter||Luepke||Spencer||North Dakota State||Dallas Cowboys||R|
|Will||McDonald IV||Waukesha North||Iowa State||New York Jets||R|
|Eric||Murray||Milwaukee Riverside||Minnesota||Houston Texans||8|
|Dare||Ogunbowale||Marquette University||Wisconsin||Houston Texans||5|
|Ryan||Ramczyk||Stevens Point||Wisconsin||New Orleans Saints||7|
|Max||Scharping||Green Bay Southwest||Northern Illinois||Cincinnatti Bengals||5|
|Cole||Van Lanen||Bay Port||Wisconsin||Jacksonville Jaguars||3|
|Kristian||Welch||Iola-Scandinavia||Iowa||Green Bay Packers||4||Practice Squad|
|Kevin||Zeitler||Wisconsin Lutheran||Wisconsin||Baltimore Ravens||12|
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