It might have been 10:30 at night, but Kearney (Neb.) Catholic high school prep Creighton Hamik knew the news couldn’t wait. He had to tell his parents, even if they were asleep.
Hamik, who had a dream of walking on at Nebraska for nearly two years, was getting the opportunity.
“I was so excited,” said Hamik, who missed all but two games of his senior year. “Instantly I knew I had to take it. The next day I talked to my coach and he knew that it was my dream. I then went home to talk with my dad and he said you have to take it. It is a once in a lifetime opportunity. So we took it. It was the best day in my life.”
The dream started for Hamik going into his junior year. During summer conditioning, the linebacker/wide receiver told his high school coach the goal was to walk-on at Nebraska.
“I then started to get noticed by them and that’s when I really started to strive for that type of achievement,” said Hamik, who has noticed other walk-ons throughout the years get a chance to make an impact on the program. “Seeing guys like that really inspires other walk-ons. Seeing that success really makes one want to strive on the field and in the weight room. To strive in the community.”
His dream almost didn’t become a reality. A torn meniscus derailed his senior year. He could have rushed the operation and been back on the field in two weeks. Instead, the senior did it right, making sure the knee was completely clean.
The 6-foot-3, 215-pound prospect will walk-on at Nebraska as a linebacker. He participated in one of Nebraska’s day camps last summer. He picked a preferred walk-on spot over a scholarship from Nebraska-Kearney.