Before wrapping up a pre-draft visit with Montee Ball, we asked the NCAA record-setting running back how he wants his legacy to be defined.
“I hope that I’m remembered as a player who worked the hardest but never took all the credit,” he said.
The former Wisconsin Badger earned his place in college football history by setting the record for most career and rushing touchdowns—83 and 77, respectively.
In high school, Ball was just trying to get noticed. After rushing for more than 3,000 yards and 32 touchdowns during his junior season at Timberland H.S. (Wentzville, Mo.), he created a highlight reel and distributed it to college programs and recruiting services in hopes to of expanding his recruitment.
Still, Ball was not viewed as an elite prospect. He was ranked No. 33 among running backs in the class of 2009, far behind blue-chippers such as Trent Richardson, David Wilson and fellow 2013 NFL prospect Eddie Lacy. (Watch video of Lacy’s pre-draft training.)
Ball received offers from Missouri, Kansas, Iowa State, Indiana, Northwestern and Stanford; but Wisconsin was the only football powerhouse to show interest. Ball committed to the Badgers before his senior season, and the rest is history.
Check out the video at the top of this article to see some of Ball’s finest high school gridiron exploits.