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Nebraska County Countdown: #42 Nuckolls County

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Nelson is technically superior

For some reason I got stuck with another county that borders the state of Kansas. Well, I shouldn’t say stuck because I picked these out months ago without really thinking about it. No matter, Nuckolls is that county that you will be learning about today and it really is another reason why Nebraska is “The Good Life”.

Nuckolls is a booming county with a total of seven beautiful towns that populate this great area. Superior is superior in the fact that it is the largest town with 1,957 inhabitants but it’s not the county seat. Nelson took that honor and with 488 people it holds on to that distinction tightly.

Nelson, we salute you.

Superior is the hometown of Nebraska great Ed Weir. If that name sounds familiar it’s because his name sits atop the track and field complex on NU’s campus. While his name is attached to the track his biggest exploits were on the football field during his college years. We will get to his track history in a bit. His football exploits might ring a bell in the back of your Husker lore memory.

The 1920’s were not the perfect decade for Husker football but it did have it’s high points. One of which was with Ed Weir on the the gridiron. Ed was on the fabled 1923 team that beat the mighty Notre Dame Fighting Irish 14-7 in Lincoln. This was Notre Dame’s only loss on the year. Something that no one saw coming against the fabled four horsemen who’s history still echos in South Bend to this day. Ed’s playing was so influential that day that the Fighting Irish coach and legend Knute Rockne called Ed “The greatest tackle I ever saw”.

Not too bad from one of the greatest coaches of all time.

After earning All American honors in 1924 and 1925 he went on to play in the NFL as a player and coach. He made his way back to the great state of Nebraska in 1929 where he was an assistant football coach for 1929 to 1937 and again in 1943. His claim to fame with which we recognize him was the 10 track and field conference titles when he was head coach of the Husker squad between 1939 and 1955.

Finally, it would be re-missed if I didn’t mention that he was the first person from the University of Nebraska to be elected to the College Football Hall of Fame in 1951.

So there, a short history of one of Nebraska’s most storied Huskers and he came from Nuckolls county.

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