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UW to honor 4 former football greats

Madison
- As part of their ongoing efforts to celebrate the history of the University of Wisconsin football program, UW officials plan to unveil four names throughout this season on the facade of the upper deck at Camp Randall Stadium.

The four players, announced today, are: end Dave Schreiner, quarterback Allan Shafer, halfback Elroy Hirsch and end Pat Richter.

"We think we have great tradition here at Wisconsin," said Vince Sweeney, senior associate athletic director for external relations. "And we want to continue to celebrate that tradition.

"And we think by going back in our history, celebrating those numbers of our athletes that have been retired for those great accomplishments is a continuation of that celebration. We think our fans will feel the same."

The names and numbers of UW's two Heisman Trophy winners, Alan Ameche (35) and Ron Dayne (33), already grace the facade and Ameche's number has already been retired.

The numbers of Ameche, Schreiner (80), Hirsch (40) and Shafer (83) have been retired. Richter's number is to be retired this season. However, junior wide receiver Jarvis Minton currently wears 88 and will be allowed to do so until he exhausts his eligibility.

Dayne's number is not in use and is scheduled to be retired sometime in the next two years, when Dayne, currently on the Denver Broncos' roster, can attend the ceremony.

"We talked about doing it this fall," Sweeney said. "But we wanted to schedule a time and a date when we knew that he would be here. Look for us to celebrate that in the near future."

Here is a brief look at the four players to be honored:

Schreiner: He is to be honored on Oct. 7 during the Big Ten Conference home opener against Northwestern. Like Richter, Schreiner was a two-time All-American end. He played from 1940-'42 and was the Western Conference player of the year in 1942 and holds the school record for touchdown catches in a quarter with three. He is a member of the National Football Foundation and W Club Halls of Fame. He was killed in 1945 in Okinawa, at the age of 24, while serving in the Marine Corps in World War II.

Shafer: Shafer's name is to be unveiled on Oct. 14, when the Badgers play host to Minnesota. Shafer is a former quarterback who was injured in 1944 during a game against Iowa. He left the game and died later that night.

Hirsch: Set to be honored on Oct. 28 against Illinois, Hirsch played just one season at UW (1942). He rushed for 786 yards on a team that finished 8-1-1 and No. 3 in the nation in The Associated Press poll. He took over as UW's director of athletics on Feb. 28, 1969, and held the job for 18 years.

Richter: He is to be honored during the Big Ten home finale, Nov. 4 against Penn State. Richter was a two-time All-American end who played at UW from 1960-'62. Richter led the nation in receiving yards as a junior with 817 and is No. 7 in school history for receiving yards with 1,873. He was athletic director for 15 years.

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Schreiner along with Mark "Had" Hoskins were both apart of Lancaster's 1937 6-0 conference champs squad before going to UW and being apart of the famous 1942 team.
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