The names roll off football fans' tongues: Vince Lombardi, Curly Lambeau, Ray Nitschke, Bart Starr, Reggie White, and Brett Favre. A team first rescued by fans in 1923 has thrived in Green Bay, population 102,000, where cold weather only enhances the experience. The Packers have played in four Super Bowls, including wins in I, II and XXXI.
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Packers fan Marcus Stark: I don't how Wisconsin is ranked #10 in pro football. The Packers have more history and success than any other franchise. Not to mention the whole state loves and supports the team. Read more from Dan
Wisconsin hasn't used a live mascot since 1940, but teams built on the powerful backs of Heisman winners Alan Ameche and Ron Dayne, among others, have entrenched the Badgers among the best in the Big Ten. Coach Barry Alvarez had fans singing "On Wisconsin" at the top of their lungs with Rose Bowl wins to close out the 1993, 1998 and 1999 seasons.
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This may sound cheesy, but the state that produced hall of famers "Crazylegs" Hirsch, "Curly" Lambeau, "Blood" McNally and "Tuffy" Leemans deserves a spot in the top 25. Spring 2006 DI signees: 16. Fall 2006 high school football teams: 434.
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