While we wait for the regular season to start I want to highlight a player who has really stood out to me is former Wisconsin and UDFA linebacker Jack Sanborn. The 6’2 234lb linebacker grew up in Deer Park, Illinois and attended the university of Wisconsin where he totaled 228 tackles, 29 TFLs, 11.5 sacks, 4 INTs, 3 FFs, and 2 FR in his four seasons with the Badgers.
While in college he earned first-team All-Big Ten honors in 2021 and third-team All-Big Ten honors in 2020. Sanborn played in some huge games throughout his college career like the 2019 Big Ten championship game where he sacked current Bears teammate Justin Fields in a 34-21 loss to the Buckeyes.
Sanborn was a part of four bowl games which include the 35-3 2019 Pinstripe Bowl win over Miami, 28-27 loss against Oregon in the 2020 Rose Bowl, 42-28 win over Wake Forest in the 2020 Duke’s Mayo Bowl, and his final game as a member of the Badgers a 20-13 win over Arizona State in the 2021 Las Vegas bowl.
Sanborn placed his name into the 2022 NFL Draft where he went undrafted and signed with his hometown Chicago Bears. Coming into the start of rookie minicamp and OTAs Sanborn was not expected to be a huge factor on this Chicago Bears defense. Quickly through training camp he made a huge impression on the Bears coaching staff and front office.
As of right now there is no way he does not make the final 53 man roster and will likely get significant playing time this season with the Bears and could break the starting group on the defense at some point this year.
Being a Wisconsin Badgers fan I have had the pleasure of watching him over the last couple of seasons so I am super excited to hopefully see him reach his full potential in the NFL with my favorite team.