- Derrie Nelson, former Husker walk-on, 1980 All-American.
Nebraska Athletic Director Tom Osborne, Hall of Fame Coach from 1973 to 1997, has used those words to describe Nebraska’s walk-on program. The tradition of the Cornhusker walk-on program is one-of-a-kind in college football. Hundreds of young men from towns in all corners of the state have come to Nebraska with big dreams. Many players have excelled beyond their biggest dreams. Osborne and Head Coach Bo Pelini have made a priority of building on the past success of the Husker walk-on program.
The success of Nebraska walk-ons has not ended with their time as a Cornhusker. Twenty-nine Nebraska walk-ons have gone on to play in the National Football League, including 10 players who spent at least five seasons in the NFL.
12 walk-on football players captured Academic All-America honors during their Cornhusker careers.