Shields was an inspiration: "I knew if he could do it, so could I," Wiegert told The World-Herald in the first installment of The Nebraska 100.
Turns out Shields left the Husker "pipeline" in good hands. Wiegert, a 6-foot-5, 300-pound tackle out of Fremont Bergan, was a model of consistency. He flattened plenty of defensive players, with an incredible one sack allowed in 46 career games.
He was one of the most decorated NU linemen. He was first-team All-Big Eight in all three of his seasons as a starter for the conference champions.
Wiegert capped his college career by helping the Huskers to a national championship in 1994. He was a consensus All-American and the Outland Trophy winner as the nation’s best interior lineman.
A second-round NFL draft choice by St. Louis, Wiegert played four seasons each with the Rams, Jacksonville and Houston.
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