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Trev Alberts Set for Oct. 10 NFF Hall of Fame On-Campus Salute, Presented by Fidelity Investments
Nebraska and the National Football Foundation will jointly honor Alberts, a 2015 College Football Hall of Fame inductee, as the Cornhuskers host Wisconsin.
Published: 10/8/2015 11:00:00 AM
(Pictured: Nebraska and the NFF will jointly honor Trev Alberts with an NFF Hall of Fame On-Campus Salute, presented by Fidelity Investments, Saturday, Oct. 10, during the game between the Huskers and Wisconsin on ABC.)

IRVING, Texas  (Oct. 8, 2015)
– The University of Nebraska and The National Football Foundation (NFF) & College Hall of Fame announced today that they will jointly honor Trev Alberts with an NFF Hall of Fame On-Campus Salute, presented by Fidelity Investments, Saturday, Oct. 10, in Lincoln, Neb., during the game between the Huskers and Wisconsin. Coverage of the game will start at 3:30 p.m. ET on ABC.

“I am humbled to be selected to the College Football Hall of Fame, and honored to be able to represent the University of Nebraska and all of those who supported my student-athlete experience,” Alberts said in a Nebraska release after the announcement in January. “I had the great privilege of being surrounded by others who made a ‘Hall of Fame’ difference in my life, including my family, teammates and a true Hall of Famer—Coach Tom Osborne.”

The NFF Hall of Fame On-Campus Salute program, which began with the inaugural class in 1951, has become a hallowed tradition, and to this day the singular events remain the first of numerous activities in each inductee’s Hall of Fame experience. During the NFF Hall of Fame On-Campus Salutes, each inductee returns to his alma mater to accept a Hall of Fame plaque that will remain on permanent display at the institution. The events take place on the field during a home game, and many inductees cite the experience as the ultimate capstone to their careers, providing them one more chance to take the field and hear the crowd roar their name.

“Trev Alberts is one of the most decorated defensive players in Nebraska history both on and off the field,” said NFF President and CEO Steve Hatchell. “Recognized as both an NFF National Scholar-Athlete and the best linebacker in the nation, he truly epitomizes the scholar-athlete ideal. We are thrilled to honor him in front of the Nebraska faithful at Memorial Stadium.”

The Cornhuskers’ first Butkus Award winner as the top linebacker in the nation and a unanimous First Team All-American following his senior season, Alberts was named the Big Eight Defensive Player of the Year and Male Athlete of the Year in 1993. The senior team captain is Nebraska’s all-time career leader in sacks, and he is tied for the school’s single-season record.

A two-time first team all-conference selection, Alberts led Nebraska to at least a share of three conference titles and four bowl appearances, including three-straight Orange Bowl berths. Alberts was named Defensive MVP following Nebraska’s loss in the 1993 Orange Bowl, and he helped the Huskers to an undefeated regular season and the national title game against Florida State at the Orange Bowl his senior year. The Football News Defensive Player of the Year in 1993, he earned Second Team All-America honors as a junior, and he was the Big Eight Defensive Newcomer of the Year in 1990.  

Excelling off the field, Alberts was named an NFF National Scholar-Athlete and a First Team Academic All-American following his senior season. The three-time academic all-conference selection was also a recipient of the NCAA Today’s Top Eight Award and an NCAA postgraduate scholarship. At Nebraska, Alberts played for College Football Hall of Fame coach Tom Osborne and alongside Hall of Famers Tommie Frazier and Will Shields and 1994 William V. Campbell Trophy winner Robert Zatechka.

Alberts was selected with the fifth overall pick in the 1994 NFL Draft by the Indianapolis Colts, spending three seasons with the franchise. The Cedar Falls, Iowa, native had his number retired by Nebraska in 1994, and he is a member of the university’s All-Century Team and the state of Nebraska Football Hall of Fame. After his playing career, Alberts spent time as a college football analyst for ESPN and CBS Sports Network, and he now serves as the director of athletics at the University of Nebraska Omaha.

Alberts becomes the 17th Husker to be inducted, joining Forrest Behm (1938-40), Bob Brown (1961-63), Guy Chamberlin (1911-15), Sam Francis (1934-36), Tommie Frazier (1992-95), Rich Glover (1970-72), Wayne Meylan (1965-67), Bobby Reynolds (1950-52), Dave Rimington (1979-82), Johnny Rodgers (1970-72), Mike Rozier (1981-83), George Sauer (1931-33), Will Shields (1989-92), Clarence Swanson (1918-21), Ed Weir (1923-25) and Grant Wistrom (1994-97). Six coaches with stops in Lincoln are in the Hall: Dana Bible (1929-36), Bob Devaney (1962-72), Lawrence “Biff” Jones (1937-41), Tom Osborne (1973-97), Eddie N. Robinson (1896-97) and Fielding Yost (1898).

Including the 2015 class, only 963 players and 209 coaches have been inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame from the nearly 5.12 million people who have played or coached the game over the past 147 years. In other words, only two ten-thousandths of one percent (.0002) of those who have set foot on the gridiron have earned the distinction. Click here for a complete list of players and coaches in the Hall.

The 2015 College Football Hall of Fame Class will be officially inducted at the 58th NFF Annual Awards Dinner, held at New York City’s historic Waldorf Astoria Hotel on Tuesday, Dec. 8. This year’s College Football Hall of Fame Class includes: Trev Alberts (Nebraska), Brian Bosworth (Oklahoma), Bob Breunig (Arizona State), Sean Brewer (Millsaps [Miss.]), Ruben Brown (Pittsburgh), Wes Chandler (Florida), Thom Gatewood (Notre Dame), Dick Jauron (Yale), Clinton Jones (Michigan State), Lincoln Kennedy (Washington), the late Rob Lytle (Michigan), Michael Payton (Marshall), Art Still (Kentucky), Zach Thomas (Texas Tech), Ricky Williams (Texas) and coaches Bill Snyder (Kansas State) and Jim Tressel (Youngstown State, Ohio State). For more information, please contact Will Rudd at wrudd@footballfoundation.com or by calling 972.556.1000.

Remaining Scheduled 2015 NFF Hall of Fame On-Campus Salutes
Presented by Fidelity Investments
(Chronological Order)

DATE

INDUCTEE

SCHOOL (YEARS PLAYED/COACHED)

OPPOSING TEAM

Oct. 10

Sean Brewer

Millsaps [Miss.] (1989-92)

Centre [Ky.]

Oct. 10

Trev Alberts

Nebraska (1990-93)

Wisconsin

Oct. 10

Coach Jim Tressel

Youngstown State (1986-2000)

Illinois State

Oct. 24

Ricky Williams

Texas (1995-98)

Kansas State

Oct. 29

Ruben Brown

Pittsburgh (1991-94)

North Carolina

Nov. 14

Bob Breunig

Arizona State (1972-74)

Washington

Nov. 21

Dick Jauron

Yale (1970-72)

Harvard

Nov. 27

Lincoln Kennedy

Washington (1989-92)

Washington State


The 2015 season marks the sixth season that Fidelity Investments, a leading provider of not-for-profit workplace retirement savings plans to higher education employees, is serving as the national presenting sponsor of the NFF Hall of Fame On-Campus Salutes. The salutes are one component of a multi-year initiative between the two organizations to celebrate the scholar-athlete ideal and a joint commitment to higher education. At the start of the 2014 season, Fidelity became the presenting sponsor of the William V. Campbell Trophy, college football’s premier scholar-athlete award, which will be presented for the 26th time in 2015. Other highlights of the sponsorship include Fidelity becoming the first presenting sponsor of the organization’s prestigious NFF National Scholar-Athlete Awards and helping launch the NFF Faculty Salutes Initiative, which recognizes the contributions of the faculty athletics representatives around the country.


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