It's pretty cut and dried; what is Rex's place in Husker History?
Rex is beloved by Husker fans across the nation. He has won the heart of women with his looks (I'm told), of men with his leadership, and with football fans in general with his abilities.
Right out of the gate, Rex proved his worth. His ball security as a freshman. Carrying the team on his back that same year to beat Colorado. His 1-2 combo with Roy Helu as a Sophomore. Destroying B1G defenses as the work horse during his junior season. Single handedly beating Michigan State. And his senior year highlights, although lessened due to injury, are still impressive. The dismantling of an SEC defense stocked with future NFL players is still fresh in my memory.
And as great as all of these on field accomplishments have been, they seem almost trivial in comparison to his off field work with Team Jack. Who doesn't love the story of a big time college athlete taking time out of his already busy schedule to enhance the life of a child with cancer? For crying out loud, he was the Captain of the All State Good Hands team, a collection of college football's
good guys best guys.
He is the anti-Me player; the guy you want your daughter to bring home.
Some one once said, "If you aren't a fan of Rex Burkhead, then you aren't a fan of college football."
I know Rex isn't the best Husker football player of all time, but he is certainly one of my favorites.
Maybe the question should be; Is Rex Burkhead the most beloved Husker of all time?