NU 45 Days and Counting – Makovicka Day


We are officially Joel Makovicka number of days away from kickoff versus Fresno St. In other words, 45 days away from a SEA OF RED. To get to know Joel, watch this short (and fuzzy) clip of his 20 yard touchdown run versus Akron from 1997. Makovicka broke 5 tackles and literally carried a defender into the end zone. This is the epitome of Husker football – the fullback beast.

Some Makovicka background:

  • Joel is a Nebraska native from Brainard
  • Joined the team as a walk on
  • Scored 13 TDs over his 4 years
  • 3 other Makovicka brothers have played for Nebraska – Jeff, Jordan and Justin
  • Member of 3 National Championship teams in 94, 95 and 97
  • Drafted by the Arizona Cardinals in the 4th round
  • Climbed Mount Kilimanjaro
Atop Mt. Kilimanjaro
Atop Mt. Kilimanjaro

Joel enjoyed a very successful tenure while at Nebraska. This is not a surprise considering he was a stud on the field and in the classroom. And THREE National Championships to his name? #respect

Honors & Awards (per bio)

  • Drafted by the Arizona Cardinals (1999 – 4th Round, Pick #116)
  • Member of Three Nebraska National Championship Teams (1994, 1995, 1997)
  • National Football Foundation/College Hall of Fame Postgraduate Scholarship Winner ($18,000, 1 of 10 in Division I, 1998)
  • Burger King College Football Scholar-Athlete-of-the-Week (vs. Colorado, 1998 – $10,000 to NU)
  • Two-Time CoSIDA Academic All-District VII (1997, 1998)
  • Two-Time GTE/CoSIDA First-Team Academic All-American (1997, 1998)
  • Doak Walker Award Nominee (1998)
  • Guy Chamberlin Trophy (1998)
  • Senior Bowl (1998)
  • Co-Captain (1998)
  • Sports Illustrated All-Walk-On Team (1997)
  • Honorable-Mention All-Big 12 (Coaches, 1997)
  • Nebraska Nominee for Big 12 Offensive Player-of-the-Week Three Times (vs. Akron, Kansas and Oklahoma, 1997)
  • Two-Time Big 12 Fall Semester Academic Honor Roll (1996, 1997)
  • Phillips 66 Academic Honor Roll (1995)


As I look back on all the Husker glory that Makovicka experienced I am again faced with the fact I was too young to appreciate the best years of Nebraska football. Let’s hope great years are still to come!


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