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5 Things to Know: LB Jack Cichy

Posted May 11, 2018

Here are five things to know about the Bucs’ final pick of the 2018 NFL Draft.

1. He was a standout player at Wisconsin.

He was named Defensive MVP of the 2015 Holiday Bowl. During the game he registered nine tackles and a whopping three sacks against USC – all in the second half. He was named a captain at the start of that season in 2015, which was just his second season playing for the Badgers after redshirting in 2014.

2. He started from the bottom.

He was a walk-on at Wisconsin, coming out of high school weighing just 185 pounds. He had been a Badger fan his entire life, watching football games both from his living room and Camp Randall as a kid. His goal had always been to play for the University of Wisconsin and he got his chance in 2013.

3. He’s battled through adversity.

Injuries kept him out of the 2017 season and cut his 2016 season short. In 2016, he tore his pectoral muscle and sat out the last five games. The following season as he was going through preseason camp, he tore his ACL in practice, ending his 2017 season before it started. He spent 2017 on the sidelines as a player-coach as a way to stay involved with the team.

4. He comes from an athletic family.

His father played football at Notre Dame and then in the CFL. His mother played basketball at Marquette University and his older sister, Tessa, played basketball for the Badgers while Jack was playing football.

5. He’s published.

He penned a feature for the Players’ Tribune announcing his decision to forego applying for a sixth year of eligibility and declaring for the NFL draft. You can read it here.