Nebraska's track and field stadium is named after Ed Weir, who was a conference champion hurdler in his time. But he's unforgettable for his football exploits.
The 6-foot, 190-pounder out of Superior, Nebraska, was a standout Husker tackle in the 1920s — when huge players were rare and the first leather helmets were worn. Weir helped Nebraska to a third straight Missouri Valley Intercollegiate Athletic Association championship in 1923. There were several historic victories in his career.
The Huskers defeated Notre Dame and its famed junior backfield, the "Four Horsemen," 14-7 on Nov. 10, 1923, in the third game at NU's new Memorial Stadium. It was the Fighting Irish's only loss that season. Notre Dame coach Knute Rockne called Weir "the greatest tackle I ever saw."
The school's first two-time football All-American (1924-25), Weir and Nebraska won 14-0 at Illinois on Oct. 3, 1925. The Huskers kept Red Grange out of the end zone for one of the few times in the Galloping Ghost's college career. NU also beat Notre Dame again that season.
Weir had three professional seasons with the Frankford (Pennsylvania) Yellow Jackets, helping them to an NFL championship in 1926. He was a player-coach in 1927-28.
Weir returned to Nebraska in 1929. He served as an assistant to three football coaches (1929-37, 1943) while spending many of those years as an assistant track and field coach. He led the Huskers to 10 conference titles in 17 seasons as head track coach (1939-55).
Weir was an assistant athletic director at NU from 1955 to 1968. He was the first from the university to be inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1951. In 2005, The World-Herald placed Weir in the No. 19 spot on its all-time list of the 100 greatest athletes ever produced by the state.
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