Whether from Alliance to Auburn, or Ogallala to Omaha, there is a never-say-die, hard-working attitude that unites Nebraskans. That attitude is exemplified by the special way football is played at the University of Nebraska and the honored tradition of the Big Red walk-on program.
Athletes from mostly rural Nebraska towns walk-on to play football for their home state without scholarships, sometimes turning down scholarships to other schools, just to get a chance to perhaps one day make the team.
The popular special, “Walk Ons: Huskers’ Edge,” returns to NET Television, airing Tuesday, Aug. 9, at 7 p.m. CT on NET1/HD. The program tells the story of the University of Nebraska’s football walk-on program, following the young men raised with Nebraska values and dreaming of becoming Huskers and playing in Memorial Stadium. “Walk Ons: Huskers’ Edge” also airs Saturday, Aug. 13, at 12:30 p.m. CT and Sunday, Aug. 14, at 6:30 p.m. CT on NET1/HD.
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“Walk Ons” looks at the history of the walk-on program at Nebraska, including Langston Coleman, who in the early 1960s became the first Husker walk-on when he joined Bob Devaney’s squad. The official institution of the walk-on program began in 1973, the first year of Tom Osborne’s reign as Husker head coach, because of a NCAA reduction rule in the number of scholarships that could be offered.
In addition to Coleman, former Husker walk-on greats Jeff and Joel Makovicka, Jeff Jamrog and Jason Peter talk about their walk-on experiences, and Osborne, current Husker coach Bo Pelini and sportswriters discuss the past and present impact of the fabled program.
Utilizing both vintage and contemporary footage, “Walk Ons” demonstrates how the walk-on players have contributed to Nebraska’s success on the gridiron. What is consistently voiced throughout the program is how the walk-on athletes exhibit a hard work ethic, loyalty and the concept of never giving up -- attitudes representative of Nebraska’s tradition of blue-collar values.
“Walk Ons: Huskers’ Edge,” underwritten in part by Nebraska Office of Highway Safety, is a production of NET Television for broadcast on NET1 and NET-HD. NET Television is a service of NET. For a complete program schedule, visit NET’s website (netNebraska.org/television).