If any man on the face of the earth can take credit for the popularity of football in the state of Nebraska, it is Coach Tom Osborne. For many in the state, Osborne is the face of Nebraska football.
A native of Hastings, NE, Osborne’s coaching career at NU was nothing short of remarkable. From 1972 to 1998, Osborne’s NU teams compiled a 255-49-3 record for a winning percentage of .836.
On Monday, I had the pleasure of interviewing Osborne from his Athletic Diretor's office in Lincoln. That interview will be a part of our upcomning book on small town High School football.
Tom Osborne’s has led a life that exemplifies all the personal qualities that Nebraskans hold dear: humility, accountability, loyalty, hard work, and success. At the conclusion of our interview, Tom Osborne, who graciously gave me 30 minutes of his time, one of the greatest football coaches ever, thanked me for taking the time to talk to him. Can you believe that?