Friday, July 12, 2024

Rex Burkhead headlines 2024 Nebraska Football Hall of Fame class

NATE HEAD Lincoln Journal Star

Jul 11, 2024

One of the best running backs in school history is among the eight-player 2024 class to be inducted into the Nebraska Football Hall of Fame.

Rex Burkhead, who rushed for over 3,000 yards and 30 touchdowns from 2009-12, headlines the class, which also includes Keven Lightner, Tyrone Byrd, Terrell Farley, Chris Kelsay, Jared Crick, Monte Johnson and Mike Miller.

Johnson was selected from the "Legend" category, and Miller is the year's state college inductee (Nebraska-Kearney).

The class will be inducted at a banquet on Sept. 13 in Lincoln and will be recognized during Nebraska's home game against Northern Iowa on Sept. 14.

Burkhead's big year came in 2011 when he rushed for 1,357 yards and scored 15 touchdowns to garner first-team all-conference honors. The 34-year-old enjoyed a 10-year NFL career, including two Super Bowl titles with the New England Patriots

Crick was teammates with Burkhead for three seasons, anchoring the Huskers' defensive line as a two-team first-team All-Big 12 pick and two-time second-team All-American. His breakout season came as a sophomore in 2009 when he posted 73 tackles and 9 1/2 sacks. Crick played five seasons in the NFL.

Lightner helped power one of the top rushing attacks in the country in 1987 as a first-team All-Big Eight selection. Lightner, who played from 1985-87, went on to be an assistant football coach at various programs, including Omaha.

Byrd is still fifth in career interceptions at Nebraska (11). The Arizona native started from 1989-92, finishing with 209 tackles.

Farley played two seasons, including 1995, when he helped the Huskers go 12-0 and win the national championship. The linebacker had 62 tackles and five sacks that season — two of which came in the Fiesta Bowl win over Florida.

Kelsay is an Auburn native who logged 135 tackles over four seasons (1999-2002). He was a two-time All-Big 12 selection, including in 2001 when he had 17 tackles for loss and five sacks as Nebraska marched to the national championship but lost to Miami.

Johnson played on the defensive line for Bob Devaney's final three seasons as head coach and was part of back-to-back national championship teams in 1970 and 1971.

Miller finished his career at Nebraska-Kearney as the program's all-time leading rusher (4,818 yards).

Photo: Former Nebraska running back Rex Burkhead (22) gets a block from Spencer Long during the 2011 Capital One Bowl.

‘Dream that never died’: Michigan wrestler bound for Paris Olympics

Posted: Jul 9, 2024 / 12:03 PM CDT

Updated: Jul 9, 2024 / 12:04 PM CDT

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (WOOD) — Adam Coon has been down this road before.

Twice, before the Olympics in Tokyo and Rio, a heavyweight Greco-Roman wrestler from Fowlerville in mid-Michigan came within a hair’s breadth of living out his Olympic dream. Twice, he fell just short of qualifying.

He even hung up his singlet at one point to pursue a professional football career. He was invited to a couple of NFL camps, but wrestling never lost its grip on him.

“Call it gut feeling. I just felt like the sport wasn’t done and I wasn’t done with the sport yet. So the body was still healthy enough to continue to compete, and that’s what I want to do,” he said.

When Coon sets his mind to something, he goes after it, no matter how difficult it might be. His first dream was to become an astronaut, so he studied aerospace engineering at the University of Michigan (where he also wrestled).

“To hopefully get in the industry, where I can bump shoulders with the astronauts, maybe become on myself. We’ll see. We’ll figure that out in the future,” he said.

It will have to wait. In April, he realized another dream. He succeeded at the Olympic Trials and qualified to compete in Paris.

“There was just that relief of finally overcoming. The guy that I beat in the finals, I had lost the last five straight against,” he said. “So there was that overcoming the obstacles that were thrown my way and there was that relief and excitement all at the same time of the relief that I finally am taking that step and on the journey that was toward my dream.”

A dreamer of the highest order, Coon embraces the pursuit and deals with the results, good or bad. No matter how many times he’s been thrown on the mat, he gets up to fight some more.

“It’s kind of that dream that never died as a little kid,” Coon said. “I just have those dreams and goals that I want to do. And I know that each step is a path along that journey to get to eventually where I want to be, and just taking those baby steps one step at a time.”

Photo: Cohlton Schultz (Sunkist Kids WC) and Adam Coon (Cliff Keen WC/New York AC) wrestle in the Greco Roman 130kg Championship Finals of the Olympic Wrestling Team Trials on April, 20, 2024 at the Bryce Jordan Center in University Park, PA.

Monday, June 24, 2024

NFL veteran Trey Flowers hosts third annual Flowers of the Future Field Day Extravaganza


NFL veteran Trey Flowers hosts third annual Flowers of the Future Field Day Extravaganza (

More than 300 kids signed up for a fun-filled day at the Shurney Legacy Center.

By Cam Derr

Published: Jun. 22, 2024 at 6:56 PM EDT


HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WAFF) - In a time where video games keep kids inside during the summer months, two-time NFL Pro-bowler and Huntsville native Trey Flowers returned home, Saturday afternoon to provide kids in his community a day full of fun in the sun. His foundation Flowers of the Future hosted its third annual Field Day Extravaganza.

More than 300 kids signed up for the event that featured bouncy houses, water slides and horse-back riding, as well as some friendly competition.

The Flowers of the Future foundation is a non-profit, started by Trey Flowers, that’s mission is to instill a healthy mindset in youth, whether it be through nutrition, exercise or mental health.

“This is where I grew up at and I just remember in the back yard days, back at my house, we played kick ball, we played basketball, we outside all day,” said Flowers, “It’s definitely fun just to be able to come back, show the community good energy and a fun time.”

This was the third time the Field Day was put on in Huntsville and is an annual summertime event.

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