Hall of Fame - Inductee Detail

Forrest Behm

Forrest Behm

Details

  • Position: Tackle
  • School: Nebraska
  • High School: Lincoln, NE (Lincoln HS)
  • Years: 1938-1940
  • Inducted: 1988
  • Place of Birth: Lincoln, NE
  • Date of Birth: Jul 31, 1919
  • Jersey Number: 33
  • Height: 6-4
  • Weight: 225

Member Biography

When Forrest E. Behm, Jr. was only five years old, his chances of playing football were slim. He was badly burned in a brush fire, and doctors wanted to amputate a leg. His father, Forrest E. Behm, Sr., refused to allow this. For a year, the young Behm could not walk, but his parents persevered and gave him daily massage, and Forrest regained the use of all his muscles. By 1940 he was a tackle on the Nebraska Rose Bowl team and named All America by the NEA (Newspaper Enterprise Association). At 6-4 and 225-pounds he was the biggest man on the team. He was more than a football player. He was class president, ROTC Cadet Colonel, honor student, member of the college choir and a recipient of a Harvard Fellowship for graduate study. He served in the Army Signal corps and rose to the rank of major. In 1946 he joined Corning International Corporation, rising through the ranks as foreman, sales manager, plant manager and president. He retired in 1985. Behm received the 1967 Native Nebraska Centennial Award and in 1986, an honorary degree, doctor of laws, from the University of Nebraska. He became a management consultant to six companies and two non-profit organizations