Join host Mike'l Severe each weekday from 2-6 p.m. for "The Bottom Line." Here's a recap of some of the highlights from this week on the show, including former Husker Ameer Abdullah and more.
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Ameer Abdullah, the second all-time rusher in Nebraska history, says it was easy coming back for his senior year because he made a promise to coach Bo Pelini.
“Coach Bo was a guy who took a chance on me. Nebraska is the only school who genuinely offered me as a running back out of high school, and I promised him four years of football, and since he came all the way to Alabama from Nebraska for me to help me fulfill my dream to play collegiate football, I felt I kind of owed it to him to finish out my college career. He really invested so much time into me, the least I could do was return a favor. ... Once you set out to do something, you don’t go back on your word.”
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Former Husker I-back Calvin Jones, a recent inductee into the Nebraska High School Hall of Fame, said that at one point he wanted to transfer from Nebraska because of a lack of playing time.
“I called a meeting with myself and Coach (Frank) Solich and Coach (Tom) Osborne that I wanted to transfer. ... I remember walking in that office, and Coach Solich told me to sleep on it. So I go in there and I am ready, I want to play. Coach Osborne said, ‘I hear you want to leave,’ and I said, ‘Yes, I want to play.’ He said, ‘Do you know what that entails?’ I said, ‘No, I just want to go somewhere I can play.’ He said, ‘I wouldn’t release you, do you know what that means? ... You would have to pay for two years of college.’ He said, ‘Here is what I will do if you want to: Just quit football and go to school, graduate and get your degree, but I am not letting you transfer.’ So I said, ‘I’ll see you at practice, Coach.’”
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Former Husker Blackshirt Danny Noonan, another new member of the Nebraska High School Hall of Fame, says his time at Nebraska prepared him for the NFL, where he was a first-round pick of the Dallas Cowboys.
“I enjoyed as a freshman going against Dean Steinkuhler in one-on-one drills. You know, when he got up there, I always jumped in. I got my butt kicked every time. I don’t want to go against a guy who is not as good or as good as me, I want to go against the guy who is the best. At that time, Dean had won two Outland Trophies, a Lombardi (Award), consensus all-everything, so that is how you get better. You don’t get better going against guys who are less talented, you get better going against guys who are more talented.”