Lucy’s #7 Burger Bar is proud to announce our first Burger of the Month (BOM) for 2020, the Hall of Fame burger! Stuffed with provolone and topped with layers of bacon and cheese, January’s burger has an interesting story to tell. We offered the opportunity for one of our fans to create and name the menu item. Trent Jackson, a Wisconsin native, former NBA player and recent University of Wisconsin Athletic Department Hall of Fame inductee, is the creative genius behind the burger, which will be available through the month of January.
Tell us about your recent induction into the UW Sports Hall of Fame:
I was inducted into the University of Wisconsin Athletic Department's Hall of Fame on September 6, 2019, and it was an honor I waited 30 years for. Out of the thousands of athletes to compete for UW in its 167 history, only 257 are in the Hall of Fame.
I was a four-year starter on the UW-Madison basketball team and ended my career in 1989 as the school’s third all-time leading scorer—first in both steals and three-point field goals made. I was captain of the squad and averaged 20 points a game during my junior and senior years, leading the team to the 1989 NIT Tournament, the school’s first postseason tournament in 47 years. During my junior and senior seasons, I was voted Most Valuable Player for the Badgers and named All-Big Ten second team. After college, I went on to play in the NBA Veteran’s Camps of the Milwaukee Bucks, Minnesota Timberwolves, Miami Heat, Orlando Magic, Houston Rockets and the Chicago Bulls. I also played professional basketball in Italy, Belgium, Turkey, the Philippines, Taiwan, Japan, Hong Kong and Austria. I played in 204 games as a professional and averaged 25.3 points, 4.2 assists, 3.8 rebounds and 1.3 steals. Through my international basketball career, I traveled to 35 countries.
What else would you like to share about your sports and/or professional career?
More than a decade ago, I returned to Wisconsin to work for my alma mater to earn my MBA. I now serve as a senior director of development at the University of Wisconsin Foundation, raising money for Chancellor Blank’s Diversity & Inclusion Initiative. I am also a commissioner for Madison’s Police and Fire Commission.
What is your connection to Beloit?
I have family in the Stateline area and get to the city a few times a year. I have worked out at the YMCA, seen shows at the Beloit Civic Theater, eaten at local restaurants and just last year worked with Beloit web programmers to put together my new ROUGH Sportswear website.
How did you choose the burger toppings for the Hall of Fame?
This is my perfect burger! I don’t eat a lot of burgers, but when I do, they must have bacon. When I come to the Beloit area, I always try to stop by Lucy’s because their burgers are the best.