All year round, former Husker and NFL veteran Adam Carriker is taking the pulse of Husker Nation. In the "Carriker Chronicles" video series, he breaks down the latest NU news, upcoming opponents, player updates and recruiting information, and he offers his insight into the X's and O's and more.
On Monday's episode, Adam Carriker shares his biggest takeaways from coaching at Nebraska's Pipeline Camp, where high school players got the chance to work out in Memorial Stadium and learn from Husker coaches and former greats.
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Here's a transcript of today's show:
Welcome to the Carriker Chronicles, the people's show where we check the pulse of Husker Nation, brought to you by Nebraska Spine Hospital.
Hope you're enjoying this fine Monday morning. Got a case of the Mondays, huh? It's everybody's favorite day of the week.
If you didn't know, we're on our summer schedule here on the Carriker Chronicles. Every Monday morning, once a week, 8 a.m. CT, until the season resumes come August.
Now, I was recently invited back to help coach as a former player in the Pipeline Camp this past weekend at the University of Nebraska, the football staff and everyone there put on. It's pretty cool to be invited back. I mean you're always welcome, but it's very cool to do things like this.
And there's one thing I wanted to get off my chest, and I know that people are just trying to do their jobs. They're fine folks. They're good people trying to do the right things the right way and follow all the rules because that's what Nebraska does.
But the fine compliance folks there at the University of Nebraska weren't sure where I was helping out with this particular camp. If I was doing it as a member of the media, or if I was doing it as a former player helping out as a coach.
Let me be very, very clear. I enjoy doing this show, but I do not have to do it.
I do it because I want to do it, not because I have to do it, not because I need to do it. It's because I enjoy doing the show.
Any time I step foot in Memorial Stadium, any time I step foot in the facility, I immediately go into former player mode. I immediately go into that football player mode — at least to a certain degree, I'm not hitting anybody anymore.
But first and foremost, I am a former player, who enjoys doing the show, — frankly, because I enjoy controlling the narrative. Unlike how I enjoyed how the media conducted themselves certain times that I saw during my playing career. Not just with myself, but with other folks as well.
So anyways, I digress. I know you're fine folks trying to do the right things the right way. I just had to get that off my chest.
I'm a former player first and foremost, always have been, always will be. There's certain things I choose to share on this show. There's certain things that I do not. There's certain things I never will, and there's certain things I may over time.
I am an individual that you can trust, most of the time. I'm kidding. You can trust me.
Now this camp, it was very cool, very awesome. What I liked — because it's a Pipeline camp — it's a unique thing. It's a special thing. It's something they're starting here in Nebraska. What I like about it is being around some of the greats at Nebraska, my Husker brothers, some of the best to ever do it, some of the best to ever don the "N," to wear the Blackshirt, to be a part of the Pipeline, some of the best to ever do it at Nebraska, my Husker brothers.
And it's cool when you see players from the past imparting not only knowledge but tradition and expectation on players of the present. Because when that happens, you get greatness in the future.
Let me repeat that, paraphrase. I can't quote myself because I don't remember exactly what I said.
Bottom line, when you have greatness from the past educating the present, you get greatness in the future. Because when you can see greatness walking around — greatness that was imparting on greatness that is — you can see what the greatness will be.
Now, everyone's talking about how much better the Huskers are going to be this year. Hey, I'm with you. The expectations have gone up from a season ago as they should, but let's stay patient. Let's stay patient. To build things the right way, sometimes it takes a little bit longer.
I'm not saying they can't do great things this year, I'm just saying be patient.
All right, until next time Husker Nation. Go Big Red, and always remember to throw the bones!
Thanks again to the Nebraska Spine Hospital. Ladies and gentlemen, when it’s your spine, you do not want to mess around. Experience matters. That’s why you can trust the experts at Nebraska Spine Hospital, the region's only spine specific hospital. They are the best at what they do.
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