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Behr, Samuel

Behr was a southpaw (left-handed quarterback), and was considered one of the nation's best passers when he played at Wisconsin from 1928-1930. Football historian Dr. L.H. Baker said, "Behr and Cuisinier were the best pass-receiving team in Wisconsin history...In the (1928) Michigan game, the Behr to Cuisinier pass not only brought the only touchdown of the game but also broke a 29-year-old jinx by giving Wisconsin its only victory over Michigan during this period."

During his years at Wisconsin, Behr also played track and field and was one of the best shot putters in the country. Between 1929-1931, he captured five career Big Ten titles (both indoor and outdoor) and was named All-America three times. After his college career, Behr became an orthopedic surgeon in Rockford, Illinois, where he practed until the age of 85. Now 94, he still resides in Rockford.

Birth and Death Dates:
b. October 20, 1909

Career Highlights:
In 1928, Behr helped lead the Badgers to a record of 6-1-1 (3-1-1, second in the Big Ten); their only loss was in the final game of the year to Minnesota, 3-0. That year, Behr was the recipient of the Big Ten Medal of Honor, given to student athletes who distinguished themselves both on the field and in the classroom.

The following year, the Badgers struggled through the season, losing four in a row at one point and finishing with a record of 4-5-0. In 1930, against Lawrence in the first game of the season, Behr tied Wisconsin's pre-Modern record for the longest punt return of 75 yards giving the Badgers a 53-6 victory. Wisconsin finished the season with a record of 6-2-1, outscoring its opponents 227-40.


Career Dates:
Behr played quarterback and halfback at the University of Wisconsin from 1928-1930.

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