Walk-on Chronicles: Eddie Ridder

It's one of those stories that you enjoy to hear about. The walk-on program provides opportunities for players to pursue their dream of becoming Nebraska Cornhuskers. More than that, it gives legacies a chance to follow in the footsteps of someone that was there before them. For Eddie Ridder, he follows his dad and uncles down to Lincoln.

Eddie Ridder is a 6-foot-6 and 225-pound tight end from Elkhorn (Nebr.) Mt. Michael who is going to be walking on at Nebraska. Beyond that though he doesn't remember the real specifics of when he got the opportunity or when he formally accepted. He just knows he's going to Lincoln for school.

"I think that I actually accepted the offer a week before signing day," Ridder said. "I was talking to Jeff Jamrog that Saturday before signing day because I took a visit to Nebraska on that Friday. They technically offered it to me that Wednesday before I think. I committed on Saturday."

Ridder had chances to go to other schools. Other schools that were going to give him money to come to their school to get his education on their dime and play football. Still, the opportunity in Lincoln was too great.

"No other school was giving me an opportunity like Nebraska. I had offer to Colorado School of Mines and I was going to get one to Wayne State. Even with their offers it wasn't as good as what I was getting in Lincoln."

Going to Nebraska is really following a dream for Ridder. Ridder grew up a Husker fan, the son of a former Husker and nephew to two other former Huskers, and this has been something that he's always thought about.

"I would say that this is me following through on a dream. It's really a great feeling to get this opportunity. I have always wanted to play there. My father played there, Tom Ridder, and he was a walk-on. My two uncles also played there too, Dave and Jim Ridder, and my cousin Anthony Ridder is also walking on."

According huskers.com Ridder is the only player that is technically listed at two positions. He's listed as either a tight end or a defensive end. Ridder says that it's really more one than the other according to what he's been told.

"Nebraska really likes me as a tight end. I also like tight end and that is the position that I would like to play in college. I know what it says online, but I want to play tight end.

"I can catch the ball well for a big guy and I am fairly quick for my size. I can block well and have a good feel for the game on the offensive side of the ball."

Ridder is just wrapping up basketball season with Mt. Michael which meant a run into state playoffs. With basketball behind him Ridder will start getting ready for track season and will be getting in shape for the bridge program and Shrine Bowl in the early part of June.

"I do track. I throw the shot put and discus. My best throw is around 147-feet for the discus and about 45-feet for the shot. I am doing the summer bridge program and the Shrine Bowl is right before that. I will be training with some people to get ready for this summer."

Ridder finished with 24 receptions for 289 yards as a senior on offense and added 69 tackles and three sacks on defense.

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