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Wednesday, December 27, 2006
Nebraska: No. 21 football state

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NEBRASKA'S NATIONAL RANK
No. 29 pro | No. 9 college | No. 19 high school
Johnny Rodgers

NFL
No. 29 Nebraska


Nebraska football, like the farmers who feed the rest of the country, has served up a buffet of NFL talent. Hall of Fame tackle Bob "Boomer" Brown and Hall of Fame coach Guy Chamberlin (58-16-7 as an NFL coach), as well as tackle Roy "Link" Lyman, played for the Big Red. Recent Huskers in the league include offensive lineman Will Shields and defensive ends Grant Wistrom and Neil Smith. Dick "Night Train" Lane got an audition with the Rams after four years in the Army based in part on his clips from Scotts Bluff Junior College, then intercepted 14 passes in 12 games as a rookie.
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COLLEGE
No. 9 Nebraska


The state religion is Cornhuskers football, and Saturdays are spent rehashing the exploits of players such as flanker Johnny Rodgers, center Dave Rimington and quarterback Tommy Frazier. Nebraska won two national titles under Bob Devaney and grew in power under Tom Osborne with three more. The Huskers are famous for turning small-town players into oversized lineman, setting benchmarks in weight-room and training development.
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HIGH SCHOOL
No. 19 Nebraska


Few fans love their football more than Nebraska residents. The Omaha area has its fair share of talent. Running back Gale Sayers played at Omaha Central. Spring 2006 D-I signees: 11. Fall 2006 high school football teams: 309.
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