College Football Hall of Fame (17 Players, 6 Coaches)

Ed Weir, Tackle (1923-25, 1951)


     Ed Weir was a two-time All-America tackle 1924-1925, a two-time Nebraska football captain 1924-1925, a charter member of the College Football Hall of Fame in 1951. The Football Writers Association of America in 1970 voted him on its all-star lineup for the 1920s decade. 

     Knute Rockne called him “the greatest tackle I ever saw.” Weir said his greatest football thrills were Nebraska’s 1923 victory over Notre Dame, when the Four Horsemen were juniors, and its 1925 victory over Illinois when Red Grange was a senior. He played professionally with the Frankford Yellow Jackets 1926-1928. 

     Weir stood 6-0, weighed 190-pounds, and was conference champion in the high hurdles. He returned to Nebraska in 1929 as assistant football and track coach, was head track coach 1939-1954 and assistant director of athletics 1955-68. His track teams won 10 conference championships in 16 years. He was a legend on campus, a man who lifted weights until age 70 and rode a bicycle to downtown Lincoln at age 85. He was called “Mr. Nebraska Football.” 

     Ed Weir was born March 14, 1903, in Superior, Nebraska, and died May 15, 1991. He is honored in his home town, Superior, by the annual Ed Weir Relays. The university, in 1974, dedicated Ed Weir Stadium, a site for track meets.

George Sauer, Fullback (1931-33, 1954)


     Nearly 30,000 fans had filed into San Francisco's Kezar Stadium for the annual East-West Shrine Game that New Year's Day in 1934, each hoping to see a flash of the brilliance that was Nebraska fullback George Sauer. They would leave with the sweet memories, for Sauer scored both West touchdowns in a 12-0 victory over the East. 

     The Cornhuskers All-America selection had led Nebraska to a 23-4-1 record in three varsity seasons. Sauer stood 6-2 and weighed 195- pounds. In three varsity years he rushed for 1,570 yards, passed for 701, and did the punting. He played for the Green Bay Packers three years, then became a college head coach at New Hampshire 1937-42, Kansas 1946-47, Navy 1948-49, and Baylor 1950-59, with three and a half years out for Navy service. Both his Kansas teams won conference titles, and his Baylor teams were in three bowl games. 

     Sauer served as director of player personnel for the New York Jets. He was born December 11, 1910, in Stratton, Nebraska, and died February 5, 1994.

Guy Chamberlin, End (1913-15, 1962)


     Brilliant in the backfield, exceptional at end - that is a simple summary of Guy Chamberlin's talents. He was born January 16, 1894, in Blue Springs, Nebraska. He played halfback for Nebraska Wesleyan in 1911-12, and helped the team to 7-0 and 5-2-1 records. He transferred to the University of Nebraska. The team was 7-0-1 in 1914 with Chamberlin at halfback scoring on runs of 90, 85, 70 and 58 yards. 

     He was moved to end in 1915, and made All-America as Nebraska moved to an 8-0 record. The Cornhuskers beat Notre Dame 20-19. Knute Rockne, then a Notre Dame assistant coach, called Chamberlin “the key to Nebraska’s victory.” For his final college game, November 20, 1915, he moved back to halfback and scored five touchdowns in a 52-7 romp over Iowa. 

     He served in World War I and then played pro football for eight years, from 1920-27. George Halas called him “the greatest two-way end in the history of the game.” He stood 6- 1, weighed 200, and was outstanding on offense and defense. For six of his pro years he was player-coach. 

     He went back to Nebraska, ran a farm, and was state livestock inspector. Chamberlin died April 4, 1967. In that year the University of Nebraska founded the Chamberlin Trophy, given annually to the outstanding senior football player. He was elected to the College Football Hall of Fame in 1962, and to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1965.

Clarence Swanson, End (1918-21, 1973)


     It was the final game of the 1921 season when Colorado State came to play the Nebraska Cornhuskers in Lincoln. Already the season had been a success for Nebraska, as the Huskers had made it big along the comeback trail. They were 6-1-0 entering the game and not a single Nebraska player wanted to drop the guard in the season finale. Then, an end named Clarence Swanson ignited the Cornhuskers offense that buried CSU, 70-7. 

     Captain Swanson set a school record when he caught three touchdown passes in that game. And his record stood for 50 years before All-America great and Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Rogers matched it in a 1971 game against Minnesota. Swanson made All-America in 1921 and the only team to beat the Cornhuskers was powerful Notre Dame, 7-0. 

     During Swanson's four varsity seasons in a Cornhusker uniform, Nebraska was 17-10-4. No one who ever saw this fast, sure-handed receiver in action could quarrel with his induction into the National Football Foundation's Hall of Fame.

Sam Francis, Fullback (1934-36, 1977)


     Harrison F. "Sam" Francis was one of the most talented athletes ever produced at the University of Nebraska. In addition to being runner-up to Larry Kelley for the 1936 Heisman Trophy, Francis was an Olympic track athlete. Francis felt his best sports in high school were baseball and basketball. 

     The great Kansas basketball coach Phog Allen even convinced Francis to become a Jayhawk. Before school started, Sam spent two weeks on the KU campus. Feeling uncomfortable, he left for Lincoln to enroll at Nebraska. 

     In his three years with the Cornhuskers, Francis was part of two Big Six Conference championship teams. He was a shot putter for the Nebraska track team and won this event at the Texas, Kansas and Drake Relays in 1936 and 1937. In 1936 he was fourth in the shot put at the Olympics, missing a medal by a half-inch. 

     After his collegiate career, Francis played professionally for four seasons before the onset of World War II. Francis served in the Army and later accepted a regular commission, which he held until his retirement as a colonel in 1966. He served one year as head football coach at Kansas State, in 1947, with a 0-10 record.

Bobby Reynolds, Halfback (1950-52, 1984)


     Before Bobby Reynolds arrived in 1950, Nebraska had not had a winning season since 1940. Reynolds, 5-11, 180 pounds, led Nebraska to a 6-2-1 season. The games were high scoring for the times, as the Cornhuskers won 49-21, 40- 34, 33-26, and 32-26, and lost 49-35. 

     Reynolds was named All-America. He is best remembered for a final touchdown against Missouri, in 1950, which assured a 40-34 Nebraska victory. The run is officially listed as 33 yards; however, he covered well over 100 as he ran backward, forward, and side-to-side, reversing his field three times before crossing the goal line. 

     Injuries - a shoulder separation, broken leg, and lime-in-the-eye infection - slowed him down the next two years. In 1950, he set a school rushing record of 1,342 yards, and it lasted 32 years. He made 22 touchdowns, and that was a school record for 33 years. He set career records for scoring - 211 points (22 years) and rushing - 2,196 yards (21 years).

Forrest Behm, Tackle (1938-40, 1988)


     When Forrest E. Behm, Jr. was only five years old, his chances of playing football were slim. He was badly burned in a brush fire, and doctors wanted to amputate a leg. His father, Forrest E. Behm, Sr., refused to allow this. For a year, the young Behm could not walk, but his parents persevered and gave him daily massage, and Forrest regained the use of all his muscles. 

     By 1940 he was a tackle on the Nebraska Rose Bowl team and named All America by the NEA (Newspaper Enterprise Association). At 6-4 and 225-pounds he was the biggest man on the team. He was more than a football player. He was class president, ROTC Cadet Colonel, honor student, member of the college choir and a recipient of a Harvard Fellowship for graduate study. He served in the Army Signal corps and rose to the rank of major. 

     In 1946 he joined Corning International Corporation, rising through the ranks as foreman, sales manager, plant manager and president. He retired in 1985. Behm received the 1967 Native Nebraska Centennial Award and in 1986, an honorary degree, doctor of laws, from the University of Nebraska. He became a management consultant to six companies and two non-profit organizations.

Wayne Meylan, Middle Guard (1965-67, 1991)


     Wayne Meylan played middle guard on defense for Nebraska three years, and the team had a 25-7 record in that time. He was a consensus All-America in 1966 and 1967. In 1966, he blocked three punts and recovered two for touchdowns. 

     Meylan set Nebraska records for most tackles in a season and most tackles in a career. He played three years in the National Football League 1968-1970, then returned to the university to complete work on his degree. He joined Engineered Systems, a company doing underground work for TV systems and phone companies. He then started Meylan Enterprises in Omaha. This company worked on contracts in 18 states. 

     His hobby was flying World War II fighter planes in air shows. On June 26, 1987, Wayne Meylan, age 41, was killed when his plane crashed in a show at Ludington, Michigan.

Bob Brown, Guard (1961-63, 1993)


     Bob Brown was a big man for his time in college football, the early 1960s. He stood 6-5 and weighed 260. In his junior year, 1962, he was named all-conference guard. His pass interception with one minute to play enabled Nebraska to beat Miami in the Gotham Bowl.  In his senior season, 1963, Bob made unanimous All-America at this position. Nebraska had a 10-1 season and won its first conference championship since 1940. 

     In the Orange Bowl against Auburn, Brown’s crushing block, which carried his man eight yards down field, opened the way for Dennis Claridge to go 68 yards for a touchdown. This was the second play of the game and helped Nebraska to a 13-7 victory. On defense, he played linebacker and had 49 tackles, a pass interception, and two fumble recoveries. Brown went to the pros, played offensive tackle, and was all-pro seven times. He played with the Philadelphia Eagles 1964-1968, Los Angles Rams 1969-1970, and Oakland Raiders 1971- 1973.

Rich Glover, Middle Guard (1970-72, 1995)



    Rich Glover was the dominant play-wrecker of his time. His coach, Bob Devaney, called him "the greatest defensive player I ever saw." He came from Jersey City, NJ, stood 6-1 in height, weighed 234 pounds, and played middle guard. He played 1970-72. 

     Nebraska was national champion his first two years and ranked No. 4 nationally in Glover's senior year. Nebraska played in the Orange Bowl all three years and won every time, beating Louisiana State 17-12, Alabama 38-0, and Notre Dame 40-6. For Glover's three years the Nebraska record was 34-1-2. He was All-American 1971-72, a unanimous choice the second time. He was named Lineman of the Year by the Washington Gridiron Club in 1971 and the Walter Camp Foundation in 1972. In 1971 he received the Chevrolet-ABC Awards for best line play in the Colorado and Oklahoma games. 

     In his last two seasons he won the Outstanding Lineman Award in the Orange Bowl.  Glover won both the Outland Trophy and the Lombardi Award in 1972. Perhaps his most dramatic award also came in 1972: his picture was on the cover of the NCAA Football Guide. His school gave him two prizes, the Tom Novak for "courage and determination," and the Guy Chamberlin for "contributions to Nebraska football." 

     Glover had two years with the Giants and Eagles before an injury ended his playing days. He had a degree in education, and he became a teacher and coach in the San Jose, California, school system.

Dave Rimington, Center (1979-82, 1997)



    Dave Rimington was a four-time letter winner and three-time starting center for Nebraska.  In his last two years, 1981-82, he made All-America and Academic All-America.  He received a National Football Foundation scholarship.  He won the Lombardi Award, given to the nation's best lineman or linebacker, in 1982.  He won the Outland Trophy, given to the nation's best interior lineman, in both 1981 and 1982.  

     Rimington played pro football with the Cincinnati Bengals 1983-87 and Philadelphia Eagles 1988-89. He obtained a bachelor's degree from Nebraska and added a master's in international business from the University of Wisconsin in 1992.

Johnny Rodgers, Wingback (1970-72, 2000)



    Johnny Rodgers played three years at wingback in Bob Devaney's offense. Nebraska won three Big 8 Conference titles and was national champion in 1970 and 1971. Rodgers was all-conference three times, consensus All-America in 1971 and unanimous All-America in 1972. Also in 1972, he won the Heisman Trophy and was named Player of the Year by ABC.

     In his career he carried the ball 130 times and averaged 5.7 yards a try. He caught 143 passes and averaged a gain of 17.3 yards. He had 133 kick returns and averaged 17.8. When the stats are combined into a category called all-purpose running, they show 406 plays and an average of 13.8, a record. He had a jittery, swirling running style.

     In 1971 Nebraska and Oklahoma met in a duel of teams ranked 1 and 2. Oklahoma led 31-28 late in the game. Rodgers made a 72-yard punt return. And Nebraska won 35-31. After the 1971 season, Nebraska was in the Orange Bowl against Alabama. Rodgers had a 77-yard punt return. After the 1972 season Nebraska beat Notre Dame 40-6 in the Orange Bowl. Rodgers scored four touchdowns and passed for a fifth.

     Rodgers stood 5-9 and weighed 173. His high school was Omaha Tech. He played pro with Montreal in the Canadian Football League 1973-76 and San Diego in the NFL 1977-78.

Mike Rozier, I-Back (1981-83, 2006)



    Arguably the greatest running back in the long and storied history of Nebraska football, Mike Rozier had a dominant collegiate career, which included one of the greatest single-season rushing performances in NCAA history.  

    With 2,148 yards, Rozier led the nation in rushing in 1983, becoming only the second player in NCAA history to break the 2,000 yard mark in a single-season.  For his remarkable performance in 1983, he won the Heisman Trophy, Maxwell Award and recognition as Walter Camp Player of the Year. A two-time First Team All-America selection – unanimous in 1983 and consensus in 1982, Rozier set numerous NCAA single-season rushing records including yards per game (179.0) and rushing touchdowns (29). 

     A two-time BIG-8 Offensive Player of the Year, Rozier was an All-Conference First Team Performer three times and led the Cornhuskers to a perfect 21-0 conference record and three titles. Currently holding numerous Nebraska records, he ranks fifth in NCAA history in single-season rushing yards and 19th in career rushing (4,780). 

     Drafted second overall in the first round of the 1984 NFL Draft by the Houston Oilers, Rozier played eight seasons in the NFL with the Oilers and Atlanta Falcons. 

Grant Wistrom, Defensive End (1974-97, 2009)


     During Grant Wistrom's time in Nebraska, the Cornhuskers posted a 49-2 record and collected three National Championships behind the pivotal play of the two-time unanimous All-American selection (1996- 97).   

     As a freshman on the 1994 National Championship team, Wistrom notched 36 tackles and 4.5 sacks en route to being named the Big Eight Newcomer of the Year. 

     During his sophomore season, he recorded 44 tackles, including a team leading 15 tackles for loss while be named First Team All-Big Eight as the Huskers won their second straight national title. In 1996, Wistrom helped the Husker defensive unit to a Top 10 national ranking in all four major defensive categories. 

     As a senior, Wistrom won the Lombardi Award; earned a finalist spot for the Nagurski Defensive Player of the Year Award; and claimed an NFF National Scholar-Athlete Award. In 1997, he again stood in the forefront as the Cornhuskers notched another national title and he took home a second-straight Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year title. 

     Drafted in the first round of the 1998 NFL Draft by the St. Louis Rams, Wistrom earned the Ram's Defensive Rookie of the Year honors. Wistrom played in three Super Bowls during his six-season career, including a victory in Super Bowl XXXIV with the Rams. He retired as a player with the Seattle Seahawks after the 2006 season.

Will Shields, Offensive Tackle (1989-92, 2011)


     An Oklahoma native, Will Shields played high school football in the shadow of the Sooner football program. Although he did not get a scholarship offer from OU, he decided to accept the scholarship that was given to him from rival Nebraska. Shields, the 15th Cornhusker player to be inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame, carved out a career that resulted in an Outland Trophy in his 1992 senior year. 

     In one contest, he helped lead the way as Nebraska piled up 617 rushing yards. During three of the four seasons that Will played at Nebraska, the Cornhuskers led the nation in rushing offense. A three-time all-conference performer, he appeared in four bowl games as the Cornhuskers and amassed an impressive 37-10-1 record in his four years in Lincoln. 

     Shields was a third-round selection in the 1993 NFL Draft by the Kansas City Chiefs. He played 14 seasons for the Chiefs, never missed a game, and started 223 of his 224 career games. Shields also received the 2003 Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year Award. Will founded the Will to Succeed Foundation which has a mission to guide, inspire and improve the lives of abused and neglected women and children. 

     He is also a member of several boards in the Kansas City area and serves as the spokesperson for multiple local charities. He lives in Overland Park, Kan., with his wife, Senia, and their three children.

Tommie Frazier, Quarterback (1992-1995, 2013)


    A legend among legends in a long line of transcendent Big Eight quarterbacks, Tommie Frazier helped College Football Hall of Fame coach Tom Osborne and Nebraska to back-to-back perfect national championship seasons in 1994 and 1995. He becomes the 16th Cornhusker to enter the College Football Hall of Fame.
    The 1995 consensus First-Team All-American and Johnny Unitas Award winner was runner-up for the 1995 Heisman Trophy and a finalist for the Walter Camp and Maxwell awards. Frazier led Nebraska to four consecutive bowl appearances, claiming MVP honors in the 1995 Orange and 1996 Fiesta bowls en route to the national title. Frazier missed seven games during the 1994 season due to blood clots, but the junior was able to return and direct Nebraska’s come-from-behind win over Miami in the national title game. The 1995 Big Eight Player of the Year set a conference record with a 33-3 overall career record as a starter. Frazier won the Big Eight title in all four of his seasons, posting three straight years of undefeated league play.
    Frazier played for the Montreal Alouettes of the Canadian Football League in 1996 before trying his hand at the coaching profession. He coached at Baylor and Nebraska before being named the 32nd head coach at Doane College (Neb.), spending two seasons at the school.
    Coached by legendary Hall of Famer Tom Osborne, Frazier was named to Sports Illustrated’s All-Century Team, and his jersey has been retired by Nebraska. Following his football days, the Bradenton, Fla., native settled in Omaha, Neb., where he works for a healthcare foundation.

Trev Alberts, Linebacker (1990-1993, 2015)


    Nebraska great Trev Alberts is among 17 standout student-athletes and coaches who are part of the 2015 College Football Hall of Fame class. The 2015 list of inductees was announced on Friday in Dallas by the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame.

    Alberts will become the 17th Nebraska player in the College Football Hall of Fame, along with six former Cornhusker coaches. He and the other members of the 2015 Hall of Fame class will officially be inducted in New York City on Dec. 8. Alberts is the fourth Husker in the past seven years to be named to the Hall, joining 2013 incductee Tommie Frazier, 2011 honoree Will Shields and 2009 inductee Grant Wistrom.

    Alberts currently serves at the Director of Athletics at the University of Nebraska-Omaha, and said the honor is a result of a team effort at Nebraska.

    Alberts completed his Nebraska career with one of the finest defensive seasons in school history in 1993. Alberts won the Butkus Award and led Nebraska to an undefeated regular season and an appearance in the Orange Bowl against Florida State, where NU fell just short of a national title. 

    Alberts was the fifth pick in the 1994 NFL Draft by the Indianapolis Colts and played for the Colts until 1996. He served as a college football analyst for several national television networks before moving into athletic administration at Omaha.

NU Coaches in the CFB Hall of Fame

Fielding H. Yost (1898, 1951)


     Fielding Yost assembled the most devastating teams in the history of football, the famed "Point-A-Minute" teams at the University of Michigan in the early 1900s. "Hurry Up" Yost was a deadly earnest individual with a purity of spirit which belied his high wit and unwillingness to accept defeat. But, his teams rarely lost, so it was not an all-too-common problem. 

     In 25 years at the Wolverine helm, Yost compiled a 165-29- 10 record. Yost began his coaching career at Ohio Wesleyan in 1897, served one-season terms at Nebraska, Kansas, and Stanford. He took the Michigan reins in 1901, and promptly launched an incredible success story, bound in a Maize and Blue cover. In his first season at Ann Arbor, the Wolverines finished 11-0-0 and defeated Stanford, 49-0, in the inaugural Rose Bowl game. Not a single opponent scored upon Michigan that season. 

     His teams - offensively brilliant, defensively unmatched - continued to dominate the game for the next 4 years. Michigan won 44 games, lost only to Chicago, 2-0, in 1905, and tied Minnesota, 6-6, in 1903. Through those five years (1901-1905), Michigan was 55-1-1, outscoring the opposition, 2821-42.

Dana X. Bible (1929-36, 1951)


     He was a sharp, Scripture-quoting son of a Latin and Greek scholar. Dana X. Bible's unspectacular coaching techniques brought solid, fundamental football to the Southwest. At Mississippi College (1913-1915), LSU (1916), Texas A&M (1917, 1919-28), Nebraska (1926-36), Texas (1937-46) -33 years in all- Bible's teams rolled to a 198-72-23 record. All told, Bible squads won 14 conference championships. 

     Bible frowned on fancy football. His idea of living dangerously was a fake-and-run punt formation on third down. In his book, CHAMPIONSHIP FOOTBALL, Bible outlined the importance of scouting an opponent. He required each of his scouts to answer 42 pages of mimeographed questions on each game, and fill out another eight pages with comments and diagrams. Bible was boss at all times, running his clubs in a logical, well-planned manner. 

     Bible began his career as a prep coach in Tennessee, and diligently studied the outstanding gridiron mentors of his time. In 11 years at Texas A&M, Bible did not have a losing season. At Nebraska, he lost only three games in eight seasons of conference competition. At Texas, Bible went 55-13-2 in his last seven years.

Lawrence "Biff" Jones (1937-41, 1954)


     "Biff" Jones was graduated from the U.S. Military Academy in 1917, served in France as a Lieutenant of field artillery and returned to West Point in 1926 as head football coach, succeeding John McEwan. His four-year record there was an impressive 30-8-2. His 1926 and 1927 teams lost but one game each, his 1928 Cadets but two. In 1927, Jones did Army a great service when he brought Earl "Red" Blaik back to the Point as an assistant coach. Blaik worked for three years under Jones and would return years later to lift the Cadets to their highest success. 

     However, Jones moved on and enjoyed further success at Louisiana State, Oklahoma and Nebraska. He established himself as a serious, sound, hard- working mentor with a gift for organization. During his tenure at Nebraska he produced a Rose Bowl team. In 1937, Jones retired from the Army as a Major, but returned as a Colonel in 1942, and served as graduate manager at the Academy until June, 1948. On or off the gridiron, Jones was always in command of the situation and never suffered from a lack of respect paid to him.

Eddie Robinson (1896-97, 1955)


     For more than a quarter-century, when Ivy League fans thought of Brown University, they thought of "Coach Robbie". Ed Robinson dominated Brown football from 1892 until 1925, first as a player and later as its most-revered coach. 

     Robinson earned nine varsity letters at Brown - four in football, three in baseball and two in track. He coached at Nebraska in 1896 and 1897 with a 10-4-1 record and Maine in 1902 with a 6-2 mark. He returned to Brown on three occasions as coach. His years were 1898-1901, 1904-1907 and 1910-1925, and his record at Brown was 157-88-13. His 1915 Brown Bears played in the Rose Bowl. 

     Robinson was a soft-spoken, affable chap who frowned upon pep talks and was incapable of hurting a boy's feelings when he had missed an assignment. His kindly approach to football drew the best from his athletes. He much preferred to put the welfare of his players above winning, and the result was total dedication to his charges. 

     Robinson was born Oct. 15, 1873, in Lynn, Massachusetts; he died March 10, 1945. His coaching record for 27 years at three schools was 156-86-13. He was elected to the College Football Hall of Fame posthumously in 1955. At the on-campus salute, his award was presented to his son, Edward North Robinson, Jr.. Fifteen members of his 1915 Rose Bowl team attended the ceremony. He became the fourth alumnus of Brown University to be named to the Hall of Fame, following John Heisman, Wallace Wade, and Fritz Pollard. The university's statement on Robinson's election called him "the father of Brown football".

Bob Devaney (1962-72, 1981)


     Bob Devaney arrived at Nebraska in 1962 at a crucial time. The school had seen only 3 winning seasons in 21 years. Devaney coached 11 years, producing 11 winning seasons, 9 bowl games, 8 conference championships, 2 national championships (1970, 1971), a 32-game unbeaten streak, and a 101-20-2 record. His first team in 1962 went 9-2 and won the Gotham Bowl over Miami of Florida 36-34. His last 3 teams (1970-72) were in three Orange Bowls, beating Louisiana State 17-12, Alabama 38-6, and Notre Dame 40-6. 

     His 1971 team was sometimes called the greatest in college history. The Cornhuskers went 13-0 and scored 511 points. Their 35-31 victory over Oklahoma was named the Game of the Century. Nebraska increased its stadium capacity from 34,000 to 72,700 and filled it for every home game. An indoor arena was built and named Bob Devaney Center. He served as director of athletics 1967-93. Nebraska, which had been last in all-sport rankings in the Big Eight, moved to first and had one of the nation's most successful programs. 

     Robert S. Devaney was born April 13, 1915, in Saginaw, Michigan. He finished high school and worked 3 years in a factory, then entered Alma College. He played end on the football team. Devaney coached 14 years in 4 Michigan high schools with a record of 85-21-3. He was an assistant coach from 1953-56 at Michigan State. Then came 5 years (1957-61) as head coach at Wyoming with a record of 35-10-5. 

     He retired after the 1972 season with a career record of 136-30-7 and a winning percentage of .806, No. 1 among active coaches in 1972. Devaney died May 9, 1997. The Nebraska State Legislature passed a resolution honoring his "contribution to the University and the state." A tribute to Devaney was read at the U. S. House of Representatives in Washington. His most famous quote came after a 1970 game. His team trailed Kansas 20-10 and came back to win 41-20. He told his players, "You learned you can come back. Remember that. That is the lesson of life."

Tom Osborne (1973-97, 1998)


     Tom Osborne grew up in Hastings, Nebraska. He was all-state in football and basketball, won the state discus throw in track, and was named the state's High School Athlete of the Year in 1955. He attended Hastings College, where his grandfather, class of 1901, and father, class of 1930, had graduated. He was in the class of 1959, quarterbacked the football team and was named the state's College Athlete of the Year. 

     Osborne played three years of pro football as a flanker for Washington and San Francisco. He joined Bob Devaney's staff at Nebraska in 1962 and for 11 years was graduate assistant, receiver's coach, then offensive coordinator. In that time he obtained a master's and a doctorate in educational psychology. 

     He became head coach in 1973, retired after the 1997 season, and set these marks: 25-year record, 255-49-3, percentage .836 -- highest percentage of any active coach in division 1-A. 25 bowl games. 13 conference championships. 3 national championships. (1994, 1995, 1997) Record 60-3 last 5 years. Coach of the Year, 1994. Coached 46 Academic All-Americans, a record. Had graduation rate of 84 percent among his players. 3-0 record in Kickoff Classic. There were big wins in a 13-0 season in 1997 -- 69-7 over Oklahoma for Osborne's 250th career victory; 54-15 over Texas A&M for the Big 12 playoff; 42-17 over Tennessee in the Orange Bowl. And there was a close 45-38 overtime win over Missouri. 

     Osborne served his community. He taught Sunday school at a Methodist Church, he made speeches for the American Heart Association and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. The National Football Foundation gave him its Distinguished American Award in 1995. The governor of Nebraska designated January 1998 as "Tom Osborne Month" in the state. Tom and his wife Nancy formed the Osborne Foundation to assist youth education. 

     The northwest pillar of Nebraska's Memorial Stadium carries this inscription: "Courage, generosity, fairness, honor -- in these are the true rewards of manly sport." Osborne echoed this in his book, "More than Winning." He wrote: "Success, as far as I'm concerned, cannot be measured in terms of wins. It's more than winning. To make an effort to win in a manner that reflects well on the university. That has a positive effect on young people." Osborne was born Feb. 23, 1937. He was 60 when he retired.

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