Nebraska host 2006 "Fan Day"

Lincoln - The smiles on the faces of Nebraska's football players and coaches were a mile wide as the signed autographs and posed for photos on the FieldTurf on Saturday morning. The smiles of the faces of the Husker fans were even wider during Nebraska's annual Fan Day at Memorial Stadium.

As more than 6,000 fans, friends and family roamed the field in search of autographs from their favorite Huskers, light clouds and a sunny sky with a pleasant temperature in the mid-70s set the stage for a memorable 90 minutes of fun on the field.

Saturday's team picture also featured an appearance by two groups of Special Olympics athletes from around the state. The group had an opportunity to talk to players and coaches prior to fan day and then took part in a special autograph session with the Huskers.

From getting autographs with the Husker players and coaching staff to getting pictures taken with the Husker cheerleaders, Herbie Husker and ‘Lil Red, there was something for Husker fans of all ages. Fans were able to get their first look at the 2006 schedule posters that went on sale this morning at Huskers Authentic (800-8-BIGRED).

For Luke Mace from Council Bluffs, Iowa, fan day allows him the opportunity to talk with his favorite Huskers.
"I have been to a couple of the photo days and it is great to get the players' autographs," Mace said after chatting with the Husker receivers.

While many fans waited in line, others found their own entertainment inside Memorial Stadium.
Around midfield, Ace and his son Nader were tossing the football back and forth. For Nader, who has a whole bedroom of Husker memorabilia in Omaha and was proudly wearing his blackshirt, Saturday's event allowed him to take the same field as his gridiron heroes.

"He just wants to be out here throwing touchdowns," Ace said after catching another spiral.
Just off to the side of Coach Callahan's line, Zach from Omaha and Anthony from Gretna were involved in their own game of tackle football. Anthony wore his Nebraska helmet with the autographs scribbled on it, while Zach carried around his football with visions of becoming a future Husker I-back.

While the event was scheduled for 90 minutes, many Husker players, including Matt Slauson and Cortney Grixby among others, stayed on the field for another half hour, talking with fans and signing autographs to truly make fan day a memorable experience.

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