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Wisconsin to Retire RB Dayne’s No. 33


RB Ron Dayne’s collegiate Number 33 will be retired on November 10, 2007, when the Wisconsin Badgers battle the Michigan Wolverines in the Badgers’ home finale. The Houston Texans have a bye week and Dayne will be present in Madison for the game. The current Texan back won the Heisman Trophy in 1999 as he captured the Division 1-A rushing record. Although the record was broken later, he still holds the NCAA Bowl Subdivision rushing title. Dayne ran for 7,125 yards in three seasons and two bowl games. His numbers broke Wisconsin school records as he had 71 touchdowns to add to those yards on only 1,220 carries.

In the NFL, Dayne has never really amounted to his first round status that made him the 11th pick overall in the 2000 NFL Draft by the overly critical New York Giants. After 4 seasons with the Giants, he left New York to find a home under Denver Broncos HC Mike Shannahan, and Offensive Coordinator Gary Kubiak. Then when Kubiak left the Broncos for the Texans, Dayne did the same to regenerate his career.

In Dayne’s NFL career, he has rushed for 3,128 yards on 851 carries with 23 TDs. Now #36 with the Houston Texans, the Great Dayne has rushed for 791 yards on 213 carries and six TDs. Casual Texans fans know Dayne as the bruising 4th Quarter RB and Ahman Green’s replacement, but before his NFL career Dayne was demolishing the competition at Wisconsin. Last season, Dayne replaced the Texans backfield with excellent, bruising rushes that led to the Texans first win over Indianapolis. Today, he is still pounding defenses in Kubiak’s familiar scheme that brings the best out of Dayne’s 245 lbs and 5’10” frame.

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