Meet the Nebraska champions we've helped.
Quarterback – UNL (1972-1974), NFL (1975-1984)
Dave Humm, the first recipient of Foundation assistance, led the Huskers to a 27-7-2 record during his three years at the helm. Considered the best passer in college football during his senior year, Dave ended his time at Nebraska as a First Team All-American and the holder of multiple national, conference and Husker offensive records. In 1988, Dave was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. The degenerative disease, which has left Dave wheelchair-bound since 1997, requires constant nursing care. Through multiple fundraising events that included both former Husker and Oakland Raiders teammates, the Foundation was able to help relieve Dave’s financial pressures for almost two years. Today, his willingness to help others has allowed the Foundation to expand our reach to other athletes who could use our help.
Basketball – UNL (1997-2000)
A hard worker both on and off the court, Larry Florence was regarded as one of the Huskers' top defenders throughout his career in Lincoln. His dedication was rewarded during the spring of 1999, when he was named the Husker Power Male Athlete of the Year. Larry applied for and received a grant from the Nebraska Greats Foundation to cover travel and hotel costs in Atlanta where he received specialized medical treatment. Larry is traveling the long road to recovery but states, “There is no place like Nebraska! They take care of us!”
Basketball – Creighton University (2009-2012)
One of Omaha’s favorite sons, Josh “Legend” Jones parlayed a successful high school career (three Class A titles) into a spot on the Creighton Blue Jays basketball squad. In December of his senior year, Josh was forced to retire from basketball due to continuing complications of a heart condition with which he had been diagnosed years before. Faced with mounting medical bills from surgeries and other treatments, Josh applied for a received a grant to pay the residual co-pays that his insurance would not cover. Always one to help the community, Josh has vowed to help the Foundation reach other athletes who could use assistance.
Gymnastics – UNL (1972-1975)
A member of the Huskers gymnastics teams from 1972-1975, Jim was the first gymnast in school history to receive All-American honors. Starting in the mid-1980s, Jim and his wife, Shannon, owned and operated a popular gymnastics studio in Lincoln. In late 2012, Jim was in a bicycle accident while riding home from the studio. The accident left Jim with severely limited mobility in his arms and legs, and confined him to a wheelchair. Jim applied for and was awarded a grant from the Foundation to purchase specialized equipment that as not covered by his insurance – equipment that will hopefully help him regain the use of his legs. He and his family vow to pay it forward and assist the Foundation in our national awareness program.
Football, Basketball, Baseball – Dana College (1984-1987)
Alan Pogue was a humble man known for his big smile, hearty laugh, his big heart and his athleticism. He was also an avid hunter and fisherman. His biggest passions in life were his wife and three children, as well as his many friends and family.
Alan passed away unexpectedly on October 10th, 2015 and left everyone that knew him devastated. His family had mounting medical bills due to his week long stay in the hospital. Luckily, the Nebraska Greats Foundation stepped up and helped with the medical bills. Their generosity helped release a lot of stress and fear the family had and they are forever grateful.
Football – UNL (1994-1995)
Adam was a walk-on in 1994 and was redshirted freshman and appeared in four games his redshirted-freshman year. Had an interception against Pacific on September 24, 1994 in a 70 – 21 Cornhusker victory. He was a member of two national championship teams (1994-1995.)
Football – UNL (1997-2000)
Willie was a Two-Time First Team Academic All-Big 12 (1999 & 2000.) Two-Time Honorable Mention Academic All-Big 12 (1997 & 1998.) A 2000 Brook Berringer Citizenship Team Member. He rushed for a career total at Nebraska of 565 yards and averaged 4.4 yards per carry and scored 7 touchdowns. He participated in three bowl games (1998 Orange Bowl, 2000 Fiesta Bowl and 2000 Alamo Bowl.)
Football – UNL (1979-1981)
Anthony was an international walk-on where he played high school football at a U.S. Air Force Base in Spain. His career receptions at Nebraska were 33 catches for 486 yards with 3 touchdowns. Had 44 career rushes for 232 yards with 1 touchdown. In 1980 when he was a junior, Steels was on the playing field for 411 minutes, more than any other Husker on the 1980 team. In 1981 in his final home game, Steels became the first collegiate athlete ever to sing the National Anthem prior to the game. He won the 1981 Guy Chamberlain Award.
Football – UNL (1987-1989)
As a two-time All-Big Eight (1988, 1989) Ken is currently 8th on the Nebraska Cornhuskers all-time leading rushing charts with 3,037 yards. He scored 29 touchdowns at Nebraska and averaged 6.1 yards per carry. He was an eight round draft pick with the Indianapolis Colts where he played for three seasons.
Softball – York College
In 2016 as a senior, Brianna was selected to the NAIA Central Region First Team. In her senior year, she led her team in hits with 68, doubles with 22, home runs with 12 and 55 runs batted in. She had a batting average of .433 and a slugging percentage of .803.
Football – UNL (1976-1978)
Darrel played wingback position in 1976 and was switched to Defensive Back for the 1977 season. In the wingback position, Walton had 8 carries for 26 yards. Also had 2 kick returns for a total of 15 yards.
Football – UNO (1975-1977)
As a junior, Fulton broke the NCAA All-Class receiving record with 1,581 yards in 1976. He was also a NCAA All-American in 1976. His career totals with the Mavericks was 152 catches for 2,739 yards with 26 touchdowns. He was a third round draft pick of the Buffalo Bills, selected 65th overall. He played a total of three seasons with the Buffalo Bills and Cleveland Browns.
James Patrick Kiehn
Football – UNO
Pat Kiehn past away at age 55 from Pancreatic cancer. He was starting offensive guard on the University of Nebraska Omaha's 1984 NCC championship team that finished ranked No. 2 in Nation. A two year starter and honor student/athlete, Kiehn graduated from Omaha Bryan High and played in 1980 Nebraska Shrine Bowl. He served in Navy as a jet pilot until his illness. Pat is remembered as "an over achiever who got the best of what he had" said Coach Sandy Buda. Lived in Pensacola, Florida until his death.