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Burke prideful of Badgers Hall of Fame induction

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DULUTH, Minn. -- Of all the illustrious football accomplishments in Tom Burke's career, the most recent is his favorite.

The former Poplar, WI resident was recently inducted into the Wisconsin Badgers Football Hall of Fame for his dominance in the late 1990s.

In his senior season, Burke recorded 22 sacks, shattering the Big Ten record. He helped lead the Badgers to a Rose Bowl victory over UCLA, and won the Bill Willis trophy, awarded to the nations top defensive lineman.

The former Northwestern Tiger was drafted in the third round of the 1999 NFL Draft by the Arizona Cardinals. He made it his goal to play in the NFL when he was just seven years old, and was able to reach his dreams.

Burke now resides in northwest Wisconsin, where is focusing on his faith and taking on life after football.

"Well number one, it's achieving things that people don't think you can do, and proving that anything is possible, that gives belief and hope to other kids," said Burke.

"It's the number one achievement in my football career, it's the highest of all highs. It's been on my mind a lot lately too, I've been thinking about that. And I really needed something great to happen in my life, and it just came about. I've known for a while now, and have kind of kept my mouth shut. I wanted everybody to hear about it not through me, and then it came out, and it was a great deal."

Matt Halverson

Sports Anchor and Reporter

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