99 days. That’s only 14 shitty Mondays to get through until it is the greatest week of the year – THE RETURN OF COLLEGE FOOTBALL. Screw making Opening Day or March Madness a national holiday, give me the Friday before kickoff and I’m set.
To celebrate being 99 days out from the Huskers opening day of September 3rd, let’s take a look at former Husker, #99 Neil Smith. Neil played defensive tackle for the Huskers from 1984-1987.
Neil’s breakout year was his senior year. His performance earned him All-American honors and a place as one of Nebraska’s top pass rushers. When I learned that he demolished the Colorado Buffaloes that year, Neil earned all the respect a Husker fan can possibly give. Throw in an interception against Mizzou and I’m ready to melt into a puddle of Husker goo.
Even more exciting for Husker fans is the prospect of Neil Smith’s son following in his father’s footsteps and joining the Husker program.
Neil went on to have a shiny career with the Kansas City Chiefs and later the Denver Broncos. Neil continued to earn his place in football history – 6 Pro Bowl invites, 2 Super Bowl rings (sorry, Chiefs fans, these were with the Broncos!), 105 sacks, 30 forced fumbles and likely his favorite, an interception returned 68 yards for his lone career touchdown. In 2006, Neil found himself inducted into the Chiefs Hall of Fame – deservedly so! It’s no surprise he was a fan favorite…Neil’s sack celebration was his imitation of Royals George Brett swinging the hell out of a bat.
50 year old Neil can be found these days on Twitter tweeting his support of the Huskers and his former NFL teams. If you don’t follow him, check out him out here (https://twitter.com/NeilSmith_NFL) and GET ON IT!
And please visit Huskers.com to read Neil Smith’s full bio! http://www.huskers.com/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=921405.
This is Jessica’s first post back as part of the crew! Be sure to follow her on Twitter here and look out for her future Husker posts!