Recruits' guide to being a Husker… Signing day is a memory and your faxes have been received; you are now officially a Husker!
Welcome to the family and when I say family that is exactly what I mean. No, nothing out of the Sopranos, but the Husker Nation has already adopted you as our own. Husker "families" are sometimes like a mini FBI; we know a lot about you already and are excited about learning more. During the recruiting process I am sure you have seen the elite facilities and got a taste of how much respect and power comes with the Nebraska program. It is only going to get better for you!
There are a few things I would like to let you in on as you prepare for the road trip to college and NEBRASKA FOOTBALL in late July.
Did you want to be famous? Guess what, you're celebrities now! Along with your fame comes the watchers, please be careful. Unfortunately privacy as a Husker is about as far and in between as Lincoln and Crete. (You'll understand later) That's about 15 minutes out of your life as a student athlete at the University. You are officially on the pedestal and the only highlights I as fan (and member of the Husker family!) want to see Dan Patrick talking about is your bone crushing tackle, pancakes or touchdowns. There will be situations that you will be in that you really shouldn't be involved with, and that's life-where you need to make the best decision for you, for Nebraska football, and for the Nebraska family. Spike Lee said it best "Do the right thing".
Well now hearing all of that it's not so bad, huh? So how ‘bout learnin' a little about the fun stuff?!!
N-Your family has just grown by the hundreds of thousands of members all over the world who will give you all the cheers and "that's my son" that you will ever need and far outweigh what other universities' recruits receive.
N-You now are a part of one of the most storied programs in college football history. Honor it and make the next chapter even more thrilling.
N-When people ask you if you know what the "N" stands for(and they will), smile and in your best Bubba Backwoods voice humor them and with a giggle say "Nowledge". You will in your heart now it's Nebraska.
N-Your next road game, only half of that stadium will be filled with Husker fans. It's known as the "Sea of Red" and nobody travels like the Husker faithful.
N-Your strength and conditioning coach practically invented the weight room.
N-The oranges in the Trophy case are not real.
N-The colors you now don are SCARLET AND CREAM, not red and white
N-The entertainment system in Memorial Stadium is bigger than Wonder Mond's afro and louder than his shirt.
N-You get to play on Tom Osborne field.
N-Forget what you've learned about the four seasons. There are only three seasons in Nebraska and all revolve around you: the off season, spring football, and the real season.
N-The press box is 100 yards long.
N-Those piles of metal around campus….? well that's art.
N-You must beat Colorado….Texas…..Oklahoma…Kansas State… you get the point. The Husker faithful expect it.
N-77,000+ crazed fans have sold out Memorial Stadium longer than you have been alive and that is not going to change.
N-No matter what the inside of a Runza looks like, they are really good.
N-For a 1 o'clock kickoff the bars open up (with lines blocks long) at 6 am as fans prepare for the game.
N-You have the ability to personally shut Corso and Herbstreit up. Now that's Powerful!
N-When you get a chance tell me how good the 3 Sears trophies look next to 3 Heismans'. When can we expect yours?
I hope I have shed some light on what to expect once you arrive in Lincoln. You already are a new generation of Hero's in Lincoln. If you don't remember any of this, just remember that we all support you 100%. Good Luck, Play Hard, and Have Fun, because there truly is "No Place Like Nebraska."