Former Wisconsin football tailback Brent Moss dead at 50

Former University of Wisconsin running back star Brent Moss, 50, died Sunday.

Jason Arndt of the Burlington Standard Press broke the news. At the time of writing this article, no cause of death had been publicly announced.

Moss was part of the Badgers football program from 1991 to 1994 and was a catalyst for the turnaround led by coach Barry Alvarez. Moss was the team’s leading rusher in 1993 as UW won the Big Ten and the Rose Bowl in Alvarez’s fourth season. Moss’ 158 yards and two touchdowns on the ground helped the Badgers win the program’s first Rose Bowl in 40 years and earned him MVP honors. He was also named Big Ten Player of the Year that season.

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A Racine native, he played at Racine Park High School and led the Panthers to the 1988 WIAA Division I State Championship before matriculating at UW. After leaving UW, he played professionally for a number of years.

Caron Butler, a fellow Racine native and Park High School graduate who has played 16 seasons in the NBA, praised Moss in a Facebook post Sunday night.

“Rest in peace and strength Brent,” Butler wrote. “You made me believe that with the 262nd #RoseBowlMVP you can achieve anything.”

Moss still ranks ninth on the UW all-time rushing list with 3,428 career yards, and he holds the school record for 17 consecutive games of 100 or more rushing yards. Moss and Terrell Fletcher formed a tandem in the Badgers backfield that led the 1993 and 1994 teams to an 18-4-2 record during those seasons.

“We did something in our time,” Fletcher tweeted Sunday. “I hate that we didn’t become friends in time to appreciate our magic. But we made it in time. You were one of the best that ever made it. Respect.”

Moss had drug issues that led to his being suspended from the UW team in 1994, and he was twice charged with drug abuse after leaving UW. In 2017, he was sentenced to one year in prison for cocaine and heroin possession.

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