THE NEBRASKA 100




No. 90
No. 88


89. Charles Bryant

Wrestling, Football / Omaha / 1933-2004

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Played for: Omaha South High, Nebraska Cornhuskers and Green Bay Packers

Charles Bryant never took "no" for an answer, making a name for himself as a football and wrestling star at Nebraska after graduating from Omaha South in 1950.

He went to NU without a scholarship as a freshman, despite earning all-state honors at South. It didn't stop him; he just kept working. When you're 5-feet-11, sub-200 pounds and a lineman to boot, you don't have much choice.

The first black player in modern Husker history in 1952, Bryant earned All-Big Seven honors. In 2000, World-Herald readers voted Bryant No. 44 on the school's top-50 list of alltime players.

Bryant taught for 23 years in the Omaha Public Schools system, and in 1973 was hired as assistant principal at Omaha Benson. He moved to Omaha Bryan in 1977 and served as athletic director. Prior to that, Bryant was an assistant football coach at Thomas Jefferson High School in Council Bluffs and became the first black to earn a head coaching job in the Omaha-Council Bluffs area when he took over the school's wrestling program in 1962.

Bryant died of colon cancer in December of 2004. He was 71.

--Steve Takaba


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Played for: Omaha South High, Nebraska Cornhuskers and Green Bay Packers