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Mark Tauscher to be 2018 Red Smith Award Winner

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The 53rd annual Red Smith Sports Award Banquet will honor former Packer and Badger legend, Mark Tauscher with the 2018 Red Smith Award. This award is given annually to a person who has made a significant contribution to sports in Wisconsin. The presentation will be made at the 53rd annual Red Smith Sports Award Banquet on Tuesday, January 16, 2018 at 6:30 pm at the Radisson Paper Valley Hotel in downtown Appleton, Wisconsin.

Mark Tauscher is a legendary football player having played for both the Green Bay Packers and the Wisconsin Badgers.  He started his collegiate football career as a walk on at Wisconsin and finished with Big Ten and Rose Bowl Championships in 1998 and 1999.

In 2000, Mark was drafted by the Green Bay Packers and became the starting right tackle in his rookie year. His 11-year career included 132 starts with the Packers and a championship in Super Bowl XLV.  Mark received a variety of accolades during his NFL career including All-Rookie Honors, the Lee Remmel Professional Achievement Award, the Walter Payton Man of the Year Award, and the Ed Block Courage Award.

Most recently, Mark has been lending his voice to broadcasting for ESPN Wisconsin’s Wilde and Tausch Radio Show.  Mark is on the broadcast teams for Wisconsin Badger and Green Bay Packers football games.  He is a co-owner of Red Card Media Group, which includes Red Card Meal Plan and Isthmus Publishing Co.

Mark graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in History and Master’s degree in Educational Administration from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.  Mark currently resides in Sun Prairie, Wisconsin, with his wife, Sarah and children, Maxwell and Eleanor.

For information about the Banquet, individual ticket sales, group table availability and pricing, and sponsorship opportunities visit our website at, e-mail [email protected] or call Joe Ornstein at (920) 570-2536. Seats are available for the January 16, 2018 Banquet. Individual tickets are $65. You can get immediate updates on the Red Smith Banquet by following us on Facebook or Twitter @RedSmithBanquet.