As the 75 year old Nebraska Athletic Director Tom Osborne walked out of the gates and onto the field, the Memorial Stadium erupted in cheers. He is, after all, the winningest coach in Nebraska history. Step by step, Osborne walked along side Bo Pelini, the coach he hand picked to lead the Cornhuskers into the future.
He has spent 500 games as a member of Nebraska’s athletic department, first as an assistant, then head coach, and will retire on January 1st as A.D. The countless memories that he has given Nebraska fans through forty plus years are forever embedded in the hearts of fans and players alike. He has been looked at as part of our families. Unless you have a relative named Tom, you knew who was being talked about in conversation. You hung on every word spoken. Watched every motion on the sideline, and rarely saw emotion from the icon. He went about his business, wanting nothing but hard work and growth for his football team at the end of the day.
Today marked his final home game as an official member of The Nebraska Cornhuskers. Those of us in Big Red country know that even when he packs his office and goes home to spend more time with his wife Nancy, that he is still the face of Nebraska football, always will be. Before Osborne and Pelini ran onto the field, Pelini grabbed Osborne’s had and raised it in the air, with well over 80.000 fans giving one last roaring ovation.
Thank you Coach, for everything you have meant to a football team, fanbase and state. There will never be another like you. You will always be our Coach.