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Wisconsin Badgers hire Alvis Whitted as wide receivers coach
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Wisconsin Badgers hire Alvis Whitted as wide receivers coach

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Alvis Whitted didn’t let a short stint with the Green Bay Packers sully his opinion on coaching receivers in the state.

The University of Wisconsin football program announced it hired Whitted, a former NFL receiver and veteran college coach, as its wide receivers coach on Wednesday.

Whitted, who played for the Jacksonville Jaguars, Atlanta Falcons and Oakland Raiders during his NFL career, replaces Ted Gilmore, who left UW for Michigan State last month.

“We’re excited to add Alvis to our staff,” UW coach Paul Chryst said in a release. “What he’s done as a coach and his experience as a player obviously stood out, but as we went through the process and got to know more about him and who he is, the more impressed we were. It became clear that he made a big impact on the coaches and players he’s been around, and I’m excited for him to have the opportunity to help our players continue to grow.”

Whitted, 45, played nine seasons in the NFL, appearing in 123 games, including 24 starts. He had 74 catches for 1,030 yards and six touchdowns. The North Carolina State product was drafted in the seventh round by Jacksonville in 1998. Whitted played for the Raiders in their Super Bowl XXXVII loss to Tampa Bay.

A longtime special teams ace, Whitted returned kicks during his college and pro careers. He also competed in track in college.

“This program is first-class in every way and I’m thrilled to be part of it,” Whitted said of UW.

“From my first conversation with coach Chryst, it just felt right. He’s a down-to-earth, genuine guy who comes so well-regarded in our profession. Then, when I had the opportunity to talk to the players, I knew it was the right fit. I’m excited to be back in college and making an impact on young men’s lives. I can’t wait to get going. I’m ready to get to work.”

Whitted entered the college coaching field in 2010 when he joined the staff at NCAA Division III Millsaps College. He was a quality control coach at UCLA in 2011 before landing at Colorado State. He served as the Rams’ wide receivers coach for seven seasons before joining the Packers in 2019.

Green Bay played in the NFC Championship Game last season but fired Whitted on Jan. 30 after one season.

Whitted had been Colorado State's wide receivers coach for seven seasons before joining the Packers staff. During Whitted's stint at Colorado State, Rashard Higgins in 2014 and Michael Gallup in 2017 were finalists for the Biletnikoff Award, given annually to the nation's top college receiver.

Whitted said he likes to lead by example and build relationships and trust with his players.

“It is a privilege to play this game and all I want for my players is to play for each other and play for something bigger than themselves, which is the team,” he said.

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