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The Nebraska 100

Omaha World Herald, PUBLISHED TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 26, 2013 AT 10:28 AM / UPDATED AT 4:42 PM

(Original 100 list published in 2005)




5. Johnny Rodgers

Football / Omaha / Born: 1952


<snip>Rodgers won the Heisman Trophy in 1972, was elected to the College Football Hall of Fame in 2000, and was named both the Big Eight Conference's all-time best football player as well as the best Nebraska player of the 20th century.


This came out in the OWH a few years back. They ran it again back in Feb/March of this year. It may be my all-time favorite sports piece the OWH ever put out. Lists the 100 best athletes in the state of Nebraska.



/ there's probably another thread for this article someplace on HB. I searched, but couldn't find it.

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Allie Weston should be in the Top Ten. She simply took over matches, dominated the very best competition, and was often unstoppable, even when everyone in the arena knew she was getting the set.



15. Allison Weston


Volleyball / Papillion / Born: 1974



Weston also was a standout in basketball and soccer before graduating from Papillion-La Vista in 1992. But as a volleyball player at NU, she quickly developed into one of the most versatile talents in the country.


A dominant attacker, Weston was NU's first three-time first-team AllAmerican, and she led the Huskers to the 1995 national championship. She was the first Morgan Trophy Award recipient, which goes to the nation's top player, and she was voted captain of the U.S. Olympic team that played in the 2000 Sydney Games.


"Allison was such a complete, all-around player," Pettit said. "Now, with the libero and more chances to make substitutions, the chances of ever seeing someone like her again are becoming increasingly remote. She was just great at everything, and she really exemplifies how I think Nebraska volleyball likes to see itself."


-- Chad Purcell



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20. Johnny Goodman

Golf / Omaha / 1908-1970


<snip> Too poor for railroad fare, Goodman several times hired on as a drover for cattle to travel to faraway tournaments. The last time was in September 1929, to get to California's Monterey Peninsula for the U.S. Amateur at Pebble Beach. And he knocked out the legendary Bobby Jones in the first round of match play.


Goodman held off Ralph Guldahl to win the 1933 U.S. Open at North Shore Links in Glenview, Ill. Four years later, he prevailed in the finals of the U.S. Amateur.


He played on three Walker Cup teams, was runner-up in two other U.S. Amateurs and won the Nebraska Amateur from 1929 to 1931.



The tale of Johnny Goodman might be my favorite story among the 100. He was one of the "cattle-car boys"—a group of dirt-poor golfers from the Midwest who would hitch a ride in a cattle car on a freight train as transportation to far away tournaments. He's a golfing legend.

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1. Bob Gibson, Baseball, Basketball / Omaha / Born: 1935

2. Gale Sayers, Football, Track & Field / Omaha / Born: 1943

3. Grover Cleveland Alexander, Baseball / Elba / 1887-1950 http://dataomaha.com...ska100/player/3

4. Bob Boozer, Basketball / Omaha / 1937-2012

5. Johnny Rodgers, Football / Omaha / Born: 1952

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