THE NEBRASKA 100




No. 36
No. 34


35. Kent McCloughan

Football, Track & Field / Broken Bow / Born: 1943

QUICK FACTS:


Played for: Broken Bow High, Nebraska Cornhuskers and Oakland Raiders

Best athlete from Nebraska played with or against: Our quarterback, Dennis Claridge, was a special person who helped turn things around at Nebraska. Gale Sayers would have to be the best athlete I competed against in college.''

Best moment as an athlete: There were several. "At Nebraska, you had to look at how successful our teams were from 1962 through 1964. No one expected our 1964 team to be as good as it was because we lost so many great players from 1963, so that was a special year on a team that had good chemistry and a real passion for games and practices. A lot of good friendships were begun. Certainly, playing in the Super Bowl was a big thing.''

Early sign of greatness: Coming from a town of 2,500 people, he earned playing time at Nebraska as a freshman. Earlier, he placed in the state track meet as a freshman and his team won the state track meet three years in a row.

Kent McCloughan was part of two rebuilding jobs as an athlete, first with Nebraska and then with the Oakland Raiders.

The World-Herald's 1961 high school athlete of the year helped a new Husker coach, Bob Devaney, turn things around in Lincoln. Then, in McCloughan's third pro season with Oakland, the Raiders went to Super Bowl II.

"We kind of turned things around in both situations, which was very satisfying,'' said the 62-year-old McCloughan, who, as a full-time scout, is in his 40th year as member of the Raiders' organization.

"Things went a long ways from my first year at Nebraska (3-6-1 in 1961 under Bill Jennings). We should have been undefeated in 1963. We just had one bad game against Air Force. In 1964, we lost a lot of good, experienced players, but we had a good chemistry.''

McCloughan, an All-Big Eight defensive back in 1964 and a two-time all-pro in the American Football League during his six years with the Raiders, was no stranger to success.

He was All-Nebraska in football in 1959 and 1960 at Broken Bow, won three gold medals in the 100-yard dash and set the 220-yard dash state record of 21.4 seconds in 1961.

His biggest success, McCloughan said, came off the field.

"My most important job was raising a family with my wife, Elnora,'' said McCloughan, who lives in Loveland, Colo. "That has brought us the most happiness.''

-- Brian Lahm


QUICK FACTS:


Played for: Broken Bow High, Nebraska Cornhuskers and Oakland Raiders

Best athlete from Nebraska played with or against: Our quarterback, Dennis Claridge, was a special person who helped turn things around at Nebraska. Gale Sayers would have to be the best athlete I competed against in college.''

Best moment as an athlete: There were several. "At Nebraska, you had to look at how successful our teams were from 1962 through 1964. No one expected our 1964 team to be as good as it was because we lost so many great players from 1963, so that was a special year on a team that had good chemistry and a real passion for games and practices. A lot of good friendships were begun. Certainly, playing in the Super Bowl was a big thing.''

Early sign of greatness: Coming from a town of 2,500 people, he earned playing time at Nebraska as a freshman. Earlier, he placed in the state track meet as a freshman and his team won the state track meet three years in a row.