Story #31: Fell In Love AT Age 5.
I was born in Madison, WI – at 6 months my family moved to Topeka, KS – then at 3 years old we moved to Arkansas where I lived for the next 30+ years.
I’ve thought many times about how and why I became such a big Husker fan – and I think I’ve figured it out. My father was in car business, which required him to work long hours, including Saturdays. This fact meant that while all my childhood friends in Arkansas where watching Razorback games with their pop, I was free to watch whoever I wanted. Now keep in mind, we’re talking late 70’s here, so the variety of games on TV is nothing like it is today. But I can remember watching a Nebraska/OU Thanksgiving game at around age 5 or so and just falling in love. I loved the uniforms, the way they played, the defense, the coach…..EVERYTHING! Needless to say NU won that game and I was hooked.
The stability of the program since then, with Tom Osborne remaining Head Coach well into my adult years, certainly reinforced my commitment. Simply put, NU never gave me a reason to ‘jump off the bandwagon’. When TO went for 2 in ’83, I knew there would never be another team I would love so much. Then the dominance of the 90’s brought about such pride and satisfaction, I was so very proud to be able to call myself a Husker fan.
My love of the ‘Skers is so pronounced that I’ve since moved to NE, currently living in Grand Island. I know I’m not a native to the state nor an alum of the University, but it would be very difficult for anyone to appreciate Nebraska athletics more than I do.
Forever Go Big Red!!