About Nebraska Cornhuskers
Football program at University of Nebraska began in 1890 and basketball was part of the university program seven years later. The university is part of Big Ten Conference since its left Big 12 in 2010.
The Cornhuskers are in West Division of Big Ten, NCAA Division I (FBS for football). The school’s colours are scarlet and cream; the mascots representing the Cornhuskers are Lil’ Red, newest member of the university created to appeal more to the children; and the oldest one is a costumed cowboy Herbie Husker.
The main rivals of the Cornhuskers are Miami Hurricanes, Minnesota Golden Gophers and Iowa Hawkeyes along several other rivalries that became dormant.
Football programs at University of Nebraska has slowly become a powerhouse among the college football programs. To date Nebraska is one of only 10 football programs to win at least 800 games, and fourth most victories all- time and the highest winning percentage of any program over last 50 years.
The Cornhuskers won five national titles and 46 conference titles, 10 divisional championships and have a all- time record of 880-368-40 and 52 Bowl games appearances with a combined record of 26-26.
The university produced three Heisman trophy winners but none of them went onto having a long and decorated career at NFL level with Mike Rousiet being the only one recording some notable statistic lines during his 6 seasons in NFL where he was voted to Pro Bowl twice and totalled 30 touchdowns during that period.
Overall there have been plenty of Cornhuskers among the NFL ranks including several players who ended up being enshrined into Pro Football Hall of Fame, all of them either playing offensive or defensive linemen positions.
One of the better known Cornhuskers in NFL is Ndamukong Suh, defensive tackle who signed a six year deal worth over 110 million dollars with the Dolphins. Suh is known for being a disruptive player in the trenches and that earned him AP NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year award in 2010. He was also voted to four Pro Bowls and four First Team All- Pros.
Basketball at University of Nebraska have gone to 7 NCAA tournaments, mostly, during the nineties, but they are yet to break through the initial round.
The Cornhuskers were 6 times regular season champions and 6 times they were divisional champions adding one conference tournament championship to their tally.
There have been 26 players from the University drafted by NBA teams since 1949 with Eric Piatkowski having been one of the longest tenured Huskers in NBA spending 13 seasons playing most of his career with the Clippers. He is the Clippers franchise leader in 3 pointers and 3 point percentage and second in the team record book with 616 games played.
While basketball might not be the strongest point of University of Nebraska, the football programs proved through the years at how good they are at developing successful teams created out of players who can reach success in the pro leagues too.