The Nebraska Athletic Department announced new members to the University Athletics Hall of Fame on Wednesday afternoon.
The first announced inductee was former Husker Bob Brown. Brown, who played at Nebraska from 1961-63. Brown was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1993, and in the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2004, which was the same year his number 64 was retired by Nebraska. The last person to wear his number was Kurt Mann in 2005.
Brown was a first-team all Big Eight player and a unanimous All-American in 1963. He also was a five-time All Pro in the NFL, and was voted to the Pro Bowl six times.
The pride of Bertrand, Nebraska is second on the induction list. Karen Dahlgren was an all-world Middle Blocker in Lincoln, helping Nebraska finish runner-up to Pacific for the national title in 1986.
Dahlgren was the Big Eight Player of the Year in 1986 as well as a first-team All-American. Dahlgren hit .392 during the ‘86 season. Dahlgren still holds the program record for solo blocks (132) at Nebraska. Dahlgren’s uniform was the first one retired by the Nebraska Volleyball program.
The third person inducted is Rich Glover, the winner of the 1972 Lombardi & Outland Trophies. Glover was instrumental in the defense that helped Nebraska get their first 2 National Championships in 1970 & 1971.
The pride of Jersey City, New Jersey amassed over 200 tackles in three season with the Blackshirts, 25 of those tackles were for loss. He was one of six Nebraska players in Sports Illustrated’s All-Century team. Glover was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1995. The consensus All-American in 1971 & 1972 had his #79 retired by the program following the ‘72 season.
Denise Day was Nebraska’s first All-American in Softball. Day was a four-time All Big Eight player for the Huskers. She helped Nebraska to the Women’s College World Series in 1985, where Nebraska finished runner-up to UCLA in Omaha. The ‘85 squad is the only one to advance to the National Championship game in the program’s history.
Omaha Benson’s Dave Hoppen will be joining the Nebraska HOF as well. Indeed, the 6’11 Benson Bunny is Nebraska’s all-time leading scorer with 2,164 points, well ahead of 2nd place Eric Piatkowski. What’s more amazing is that Hoppen has the record & is the only player over 2000 points & had zero help from three-point shots.
Hoppen was a three-time all Big Eight selection from 1984-1986. He would have done more damage, but only played 19 games his Senior year before a torn ACL would end his Nebraska career prematurely. His #42 jersey was the first one retired in program history.
Gymnast Scott Johnson is the final entry into the HoF. He won the James Sullivan award in 1988, marking the best amateur athlete in America. After winning 11 All-American titles at Nebraska, Johnson went on to the 1984 Olympic team, winning the Gold medal in the all-around in Los Angeles. Johnson was the team captain on the 1988 Seoul Olympics team as well.