Pat O'Dea (1991)


  • The fabled “Kangaroo Kicker,” a native of Australia, was a two-time All-America fullback and punter
  • Inducted into the National Football Foundation College Hall of Fame in 1962
  • One of the pioneers in the development of the drop kick to make field goals
  • Made a 65-yard dropkick field goal in an 1898 game at Northwestern in a snow storm
  • Credited with a 110-yard punt vs. Minnesota in 1897
  • Connected on 14 field goals in the 1897 season
  • First play as a Badger was an 85-yard punt vs. Lake Forest in 1896
  • Ran 100 yards for a touchdown vs. Beloit in 1899, the same game he made four field goals
  • Coached at Notre Dame and Missouri following his playing days at UW
  • Member of the Wisconsin State Athletic Hall of Fame