Ron Dayne

Ronald Dayne (born March 14, 1978) is a former professional American football player who was a running back in the National Football League (NFL) for eight seasons. Dayne played college football for the University of Wisconsin and won the 1999 Heisman Trophy. He was a first round pick of the New York Giants in the 2000 NFL Draft, and also played professionally for the Denver Broncos and Houston Texans of the NFL.

Bowl statistics accounted for,[1] Dayne is the all-time leader in rushing yards in NCAA Division I FBS history, with 7,125 yards (Official stats exclude Bowl Games played before 2002, without Bowl game stats, Dayne is second all-time behind Donnel Pumphrey).

Ron Dayne
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Dayne in 2010
No. 27, 33, 36
Position:Running back
Personal information
Born:March 14, 1978 (age 41)
Lynchburg, Virginia
Height:5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Weight:249 lb (113 kg)
Career information
High school:Pine Hill (NJ) Overbrook
NFL Draft:2000 / Round: 1 / Pick: 11
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Rushing yards:3,722
Rushing average:3.8
Rushing touchdowns:28
Receiving yards:340
Receiving average:6.0
Receiving touchdowns:0
Player stats at
Player stats at PFR

Early years

When Dayne was a child, his parents divorced, and he was sent to live with relatives.[2] His athleticism and speed made him a star running back at Overbrook High School in his hometown of Pine Hill, New Jersey, and he was heavily recruited by many colleges. [3] He also excelled at track and field. In 1995, he won the New Jersey Meet of Champions, setting a new meet record in the discus throw. In 1996, he won state titles in both the shot put and discus, breaking both meet records. He won the Meet of Champions in both events and breaking his own meet record in the discus. He has the fifth-best distance ever thrown in the discus by a U.S. high school athlete at 216 feet, 11 inches (66.12m).[4]

His football role was expected to change when he reached college. At 270 pounds out of high school, many felt that he was too big to be a tailback and believed he would be best suited as a fullback. Eventually, coach Barry Alvarez promised Dayne a tailback position and persuaded him to come to play for the University of Wisconsin.

College career

He attended the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he played for the Wisconsin Badgers football team from 1996 to 1999. Known as the "Great Dayne" and "The Dayne Train" throughout college, Dayne was the starting running back all four years at Wisconsin. Not a flashy or boisterous player, Dayne was a workman-like back, expected to carry the ball as much as necessary. He had 1,220 carries during his career.

Over his four seasons, Dayne set the NCAA Division I-A rushing record for total yards in a career. He gained 1,863 yards as a freshman, 1,421 as a sophomore, 1,325 as a junior, and 1,834 as a senior. He finally broke the record in the final game of the 1999 season against Iowa. Dayne ended his career with 6,397 rushing yards (which does not include yardage from the four bowl games he played in), eclipsing the record set the previous year by Ricky Williams of Texas.

Dayne excelled in three bowl games for Wisconsin. He rushed for 246 to lead the Badgers to a 38–10 victory in the 1996 Copper Bowl against Utah, garnering MVP honors. Dayne only gained 36 yards in the 1998 Outback Bowl loss against Georgia the next season, but bounced back the next two seasons with 246 yards and 200 yards, respectively, in the Badgers' 1999 and 2000 Rose Bowl wins. Dayne won MVP honors in both games, becoming only the third player in the history of the Rose Bowl to repeat as MVP — and the first and still only Big Ten player to do so. Bob Schloredt (Washington/AAWU), Charles White (USC/Pac-10) were the first two, and Vince Young (Texas/Big 12) has subsequently accomplished this feat.

Dayne won the Heisman Trophy in 1999 as well as other awards throughout college, including Big Ten Player of the Year for 1999 and All-American placement in 1996, 1998 and 1999. His name and number is one of six displayed on the Camp Randall Stadium façade. Dayne's #33 was officially retired during the November 10, 2007, game against Michigan.[5]

As of 2016, Dayne's 6,397 career yards is second in the Division I-A (now FBS) career rushing list, trailing only Donnel Pumphrey of San Diego State.[6] When yardage from bowl games is included,[a] he amassed 7,125 yards. He shares the record for most 200-yard rushing games with Ricky Williams and Marcus Allen, with twelve. He is one of only eight players in NCAA history to rush for over a thousand yards in each of his four seasons.[7]

Dayne was inducted into the University of Wisconsin-Madison's Athletic Hall Of Fame as part of the 2009 class alongside fellow NFL player Joe Panos and MLB pitcher Thornton Kipper.[8] For his contribution to the Rose Bowl game, he was inducted into the Rose Bowl Hall of Fame on December 31, 2011.[9] In 2013, Dayne was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame.

College statistics


Rushing statistics Receiving statistics
Year Team G Att Yards Avg TD Rec Yards Avg TD
1996* Wisconsin 13 325 2,109 6.5 21 14 133 9.5 0
1997* Wisconsin 13 263 1,457 5.5 15 10 117 11.7 0
1998* Wisconsin 12 295 1,525 5.2 15 6 45 7.5 0
1999 Wisconsin 12 337 2,034 6.0 20 1 9 9.0 0
College Totals 50 1,220 7,125 5.8 71 31 304 9.8 0

* Bowl statistics included

Professional career

Schaub Hands off to Ron Dayne
Dayne receives a handoff from Matt Schaub in 2007

Dayne was selected with the 11th pick of the 2000 NFL Draft by the New York Giants. In Dayne's first season he teamed up with Tiki Barber in the backfield to create the tandem known as "Thunder and Lightning," a combination of Dayne's power and Barber's speed. The Giants went on to play in Super Bowl XXXV. Over the next few years, Dayne's carries slowly diminished, with head coach Jim Fassel growing increasingly disappointed with Dayne's lack of commitment to lose weight. Fassel also did not like Dayne's halfback running style, and tried to make him a goal line back. After Fassel was fired, Dayne shed 40  pounds and received a second chance under new head coach Tom Coughlin. Dayne saw minimal playing time during the 2004 regular season. The Giants did not attempt to re-sign Dayne, and he later signed a one-year deal with the Denver Broncos for the 2005 season. He was re-signed in the 2006 offseason and named the starter, but fell on the depth chart as the pre-season went along and was cut on September 2, 2006. The Houston Texans claimed Dayne off waivers the following day.[11]

As a Texan, Dayne rushed for 429 yards and 5 touchdowns in December 2006. In 2007 he filled in for the injured Ahman Green. Dayne did not play in the NFL after the 2007 season.

NFL stats

Rushing Stats[12]

Year Team Games Carries Yards Yards per Carry Longest Carry Touchdowns First Downs Fumbles Fumbles Lost
2000 NYG 16 228 770 3.4 50 5 47 1 1
2001 NYG 16 180 690 3.8 61 7 38 2 1
2002 NYG 16 125 428 3.4 30 3 26 1 1
2004 NYG 14 52 179 3.4 15 1 10 0 0
2005 DEN 10 53 270 5.1 55 1 14 0 0
2006 HOU 11 151 612 4.1 19 5 39 1 0
2007 HOU 13 194 773 4.0 39 6 43 1 0
Career 96 983 3,722 3.8 61 28 217 6 3

Receiving Stats[12]

Year Team Games Receptions Targets Yards Yards per Receptions Longest Reception Touchdowns First Downs Fumbles Fumbles Lost
2000 NYG 16 3 - 11 3.7 12 0 1 0 0
2001 NYG 16 8 - 67 8.4 21 0 1 0 0
2002 NYG 16 11 - 49 4.5 8 0 1 0 0
2004 NYG 14 1 - 7 7.0 7 0 0 0 0
2005 DEN 10 3 - 17 5.7 7 0 0 1 1
2006 HOU 11 14 17 77 5.5 13 0 3 0 0
2007 HOU 13 17 24 112 6.6 17 0 4 0 0
Career 96 57 41 340 6.0 21 0 10 1 1

See also


  1. ^ Under current NCAA rules, a running back attempting to break Dayne's record would play 12 games in each regular season, with the possibility of a 13th if he plays for Hawaii or his team plays a regular-season game at Hawaii. He would also be allowed to count yards gained in any conference championship games or any bowl game in the official totals.


  1. ^ Statistics accumulated in bowl games prior to 2002 are not accounted for by the NCAA. Thus, Dayne is officially recognized as the second-leading rusher behind Donnel Pumphrey
  2. ^ Latino and African American Athletes Today (2004). p. 75.
  3. ^ Longman, Jere. "Penn State Overcomes Badgers' Mass", The New York Times, September 29, 1996. Accessed July 10, 2015. "Dayne grew up in Pine Hill, N.J., but showed the same indifference to Penn State's recruiting efforts as he did to its miserly defense."
  4. ^ Ron Dayne player profile, National Football League Players Association. Accessed July 24, 2007. "Hometown: Berlin, NJ... Dayne was a consensus first-team All-America selection and SuperPrep’s Eastern Region Player of the Year at Overbrook High School in Berlin, N.J."
  5. ^ "Dayne's Number to be Officially Retired". The Official Web Site of Wisconsin Athletics. Retrieved February 22, 2010.
  6. ^ Individual and Team Collegiate Records
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  9. ^ Ron Dayne, Dick Enberg and George Fleming to be Inducted into Rose Bowl Hall of Fame Archived December 5, 2011, at the Wayback Machine, Tournament of Roses Association, December 4, 2011
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  12. ^ a b "Ron Dayne Stats". ESPN Internet Ventures. Retrieved March 18, 2014.

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1996 Copper Bowl

The 1996 edition to the Copper bowl was the 8th edition to the bowl game. It featured the Wisconsin Badgers and the Utah Utes.

1996 Wisconsin Badgers football team

The 1996 Wisconsin Badgers football team represented the University of Wisconsin during the 1996 NCAA Division I-A football season. They were led by seventh year head coach Barry Alvarez and participated as members of the Big Ten Conference. The Badgers played their home games at Camp Randall Stadium in Madison, Wisconsin.

1997 Big Ten Conference football season

The 1997 Big Ten Conference football season was the 102nd season of college football played by the member schools of the Big Ten Conference and was a part of the 1997 NCAA Division I-A football season.

The 1997 Big Ten champion was Michigan. Led by head coach Lloyd Carr, Michigan compiled a perfect 12–0 record, defeated Washington State in the 1998 Rose Bowl, and was declared the national champion in the AP Poll. Michigan cornerback Charles Woodson became the first primarily defensive player to win the Heisman Trophy.

Ohio State finished in a tie for second place with a 10–3 record and lost to Florida State in the 1998 Sugar Bowl. Ohio State's defense was led by consensus All-American linebacker Andy Katzenmoyer.

Penn State also tied for second place and was led by Curtis Enis who rushed for 1,363 yards and led the conference with 120 points scored. The Nittany Lions began the 1997 season ranked No. 1 in the AP Poll and ended it with a loss to Florida in the 1998 Florida Citrus Bowl.

Purdue also tied for second place under first-year head coach Joe Tiller who was named Big Ten Coach of the Year. Purdue quarterback Billy Dicken led the conference with 3,136 passing yards, and wide receiver Brian Alford led the conference with 1,228 receiving yards.

Iowa was ranked as high as No. 4 in the AP Poll during the season and fielded the conference's most potent offensive with an average of 34.3 points scored per game. Iowa running back Tavian Banks led the conference with 1,639 rushing yards.

1998 Wisconsin Badgers football team

The 1998 Wisconsin Badgers football team represented the University of Wisconsin during the 1998 NCAA Division I-A football season.

Wisconsin finished the regular season 10–1 overall (7–1 conference) and were co-champions of the Big Ten Conference (with Ohio State and Michigan) for the first time since 1993. They were awarded the berth in the 1999 Rose Bowl due to Big Ten Conference tie-breaking rules, at the time, which gave the Rose Bowl invitation to the tied team which had gone the longest period of time without an invitation: Michigan had been in the 1998 Rose Bowl, Ohio State had been in the 1997 Rose Bowl, while Wisconsin's last Rose Bowl was 1994.

The circumstances of this selection, the fact that Ohio State was the higher-ranked team (Ohio State was the pre-season #1 and spent most of the season with this ranking: Wisconsin did not play Ohio State or Michigan State that year, so Ohio State had the better record versus common opponents due to the Michigan loss), combined with the fact that the opponent (UCLA) was ranked #2 and headed to the national title game before a season-ending loss, led to ridicule in the national media: most notably, Craig James' declaration that Wisconsin was "the worst team to ever play in the Rose Bowl." Wisconsin went on to defeat #6 UCLA 38–31 in the 1999 Rose Bowl. Afterward, Badger coach Barry Alvarez fired back, "Well, I know we're at least the second worst."

1999 NCAA Division I-A football season

The 1999 NCAA Division I-A football season saw Florida State named national champions, defeating Virginia Tech in the BCS Sugar Bowl.

Florida State became the first team in history to start out preseason #1 and remain there through the entire season. Their 12–0 season gave them 109 victories in the '90s, the most for any decade. Virginia Tech also had a remarkable season behind freshman quarterback Michael Vick, who was being touted as college football's best player.

Vick was outshined in the national championship game by Florida State Wide Receiver Peter Warrick. Warrick had early problems with the law, charged with a misdemeanor he sat out two games early in the season. But he scored three touchdowns in the title game, earning MVP honors.

The BCS adopted a new rule after the previous season, nicknamed the "Kansas State Rule," which stated that any team ranked in the top four in the final BCS poll is assured of an invitation to a BCS bowl game.

A lot of teams faced debacles. East Carolina faced Hurricane Floyd, and in that same week, faced the #9 Miami Hurricanes. The Pirates were down, 23–3, but scored 24 unanswered points to win the football game, 27–23.

Kansas State finished 6th in the BCS standings but again received no BCS bowl invitation, this time being passed over in favor of Michigan (ranked 8th). Kansas State's predicament demonstrated early on the problem of trying to balance historic bowl ties and creating a system which gives top bowl bids to the most deserving teams. In addition, for a second straight season, an undefeated team from outside the BCS Automatic Qualifying conferences (Marshall) went undefeated but did not receive a bid to a BCS bowl game, which illustrated the problem of BCS Non-Automatic Qualifying conference teams being shut out of the BCS bowls.

1999 Rose Bowl

The 1999 Rose Bowl was the 85th Rose Bowl game and was played on Friday January 1, 1999, at the Rose Bowl Stadium in Pasadena, California. It was a college football bowl game at the end of the 1998 NCAA Division I-A football season. Wisconsin defeated UCLA by a score of 38–31. Ron Dayne of Wisconsin was named the Rose Bowl Player of the Game. He tied a modern Rose Bowl record with four touchdowns. This was the first year that the Rose Bowl became part of the Bowl Championship Series, ending a long-standing agreement between the Big Ten and the "West Representative" (PCC/AAWU) and the first year that the game was branded with corporate sponsorship. Unlike the other bowl games, the sponsor was not added to the title of the game, but instead as a presenter, so it became known as The Rose Bowl Game presented by AT&T.

1999 Wisconsin Badgers football team

The 1999 Wisconsin Badgers football team represented the University of Wisconsin in the 1999 NCAA Division I-A football season.

2000 New York Giants season

The 2000 New York Giants season was the 76th season the Giants have played football as a professional ball club in the National Football League (NFL). The team finished 12-4 and made it to Super Bowl, where they lost to the Baltimore Ravens 7–34.

2000 Rose Bowl

The 2000 Rose Bowl was a college football bowl game played on January 1, 2000. It was the 86th Rose Bowl game and was played on January 1, 2000 at the Rose Bowl Stadium in Pasadena, California. The game featured the Wisconsin Badgers defeating the Stanford Cardinal by a score of 17–9. Ron Dayne, the Wisconsin running back, was named the Rose Bowl Player of the Game for the second consecutive year.

2001 New York Giants season

The 2001 New York Giants season was the franchise's 77th season in the National Football League. They were returning as Super Bowl runners-up from the 2000 season, after losing Super Bowl XXXV to the Baltimore Ravens. The Giants tried to improve on their 12-4 record from the previous year, instead they went 7–9 and missed the playoffs for the first time since 1999.

2005 Denver Broncos season

The 2005 Denver Broncos season was the franchise's 36th season in the National Football League and the 46th overall.

The Denver Broncos closed out the 2005 regular season with a 13–3 record, the franchise's second-best number of wins of all time and their third best win percentage ever. They won their first playoff game since winning Super Bowl XXXIII in the 1998 season. Although they eliminated the defending back-to-back Super Bowl champion New England Patriots to end their hopes of becoming the first NFL team to three-peat, they failed to get to the Super Bowl however, losing to the Pittsburgh Steelers, the eventual champions, in the AFC Championship game. The Broncos were expected by many to make the Super Bowl for the first time in the post-John Elway era. Denver would not make the postseason again until 2011 under Tim Tebow's leadership or another Conference championship until 2013, under the leadership of Peyton Manning whom the Broncos acquired in 2012.

2006 Houston Texans season

The 2006 Houston Texans season was the franchise's 5th season in the National Football League and the 1st under head coach Gary Kubiak. The team improved on their 2–14 record in 2005. and finished 6-10, a four-game improvement over their previous season.

2007 Houston Texans season

The 2007 Houston Texans season was the franchise's 6th season in the National Football League and the 2nd under head coach Gary Kubiak.

This season began with the team trying to improve on their 6–10 record in 2006. This season marks the sixth year of existence for the Texans franchise as well as Reliant Stadium.

2018 Wisconsin Badgers football team

The 2018 Wisconsin Badgers football team represented University of Wisconsin–Madison in the 2018 NCAA Division I FBS football season. The Badgers were led by fourth year head coach Paul Chryst and competed as members of the West Division of the Big Ten Conference. They played their home games at Camp Randall Stadium in Madison, Wisconsin.

Returning many key players from their Orange Bowl-winning 2017 team, the 2018 team was expected to compete for a Big Ten title and a spot in the College Football Playoff. They were ranked fourth in the pre-season AP Poll, tied for the highest start in school history. In the third game of the year, the Badgers were upset by unranked BYU. Wisconsin ultimately lost four more games during the season, including a loss to rival Minnesota that snapped a Wisconsin 14-game winning streak in the series dating back to 2004. The Badgers were 5–4 in Big Ten play to finish in a 3-way tie for 2nd place in the West Division. They were invited to the Pinstripe Bowl to play Miami (FL) in a rematch of the 2017 Orange Bowl, where they defeated the Hurricanes once again to finish the season at 8–5.

The Badgers were led offensively by sophomore running back Jonathan Taylor, who led FBS in both rushing yards (2,194) and rushing attempts (307), and was awarded the Doak Walker Award as the nation's top running back. He became the third Badger player to eclipse the 2,000 yard mark in a single season after Ron Dayne and Melvin Gordon. Taylor was named a consensus first-team All-American, as was offensive lineman Beau Benzschawel. Quarterback Alex Hornibrook led the team in passing with 1,532 yards and 13 touchdown passes.

Big Ten Athlete of the Year

The Big Ten Athlete of the Year award is given annually to the athletes voted as the top male and female athlete in the Big Ten Conference.

Carl McCullough

Carl McCullough (born November 14, 1973) is a former American football running back. He played college football at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. He played for the Badgers during the 1993, 1995, 1996, and 1997 seasons. During his college career, he wore jersey #13. He was a regular starter in 1995 and 1996 over Aaron Stecker, before being replaced by future Heisman Trophy winner, Ron Dayne in 1997. He was not selected in the National Football League Draft. In 2000, McCullough played professionally for the Berlin Thunder and the Rhein Fire of NFL Europe. In 10 games he rushed 11 times for 34 yards.

Wisconsin Athletic Hall of Fame

The Wisconsin Athletic Hall of Fame honors distinguished members of Wisconsin's sports history. The Hall of Fame hosts several annual events, including an induction ceremony to honor new members, nomination luncheons, speaker series breakfasts and more. Bronze commemorative plaques honoring the members of the Wisconsin Athletic Hall of Fame, including Hank Aaron, Vince Lombardi, Oscar Robertson, Bart Starr and others, are displayed in the Wisconsin Athletic Walk of Fame promenade in downtown Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Wisconsin Badgers football

The Wisconsin Badgers football team is a division I college football program. The Badgers have competed in the Big Ten Conference since its formation in 1896. They play their home games at Camp Randall Stadium, the fourth-oldest stadium in college football. Wisconsin is one of 26 College football programs to win 700 or more games. Wisconsin has had two Heisman Trophy winners, Alan Ameche and Ron Dayne, and have had Eleven former players inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame. As of December 27, 2018, the Badgers have an all-time record of 705–495–53.

Wisconsin Badgers football statistical leaders

The Wisconsin Badgers football statistical leaders are individual statistical leaders of the Wisconsin Badgers football program in various categories, including passing, rushing, receiving, total offense, defensive stats, and kicking. Within those areas, the lists identify single-game, single-season, and career leaders. The Badgers represent the University of Wisconsin–Madison in the NCAA's Big 10 Conference.

Although Wisconsin began competing in intercollegiate football in 1889, the school's official record book considers the "modern era" to have begun in 1946. Records from before this year are often incomplete and inconsistent, and they are generally not included in these lists.

These lists are dominated by more recent players for several reasons:

Since 1946, seasons have increased from 10 games to 11 and then 12 games in length.

The NCAA didn't allow freshmen to play varsity football until 1972 (with the exception of the World War II years), allowing players to have four-year careers.

Bowl games only began counting toward single-season and career statistics in 2002. The Badgers have reached a bowl game every year since then, giving recent players an extra game each year to accumulate statistics.

Similarly, the Badgers have played in the Big Ten Football Championship Game four times since its establishment in 2011.These lists are updated through Wisconsin's game against Miami on December 27, 2018.

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