|HometownGrand Island, NE|
|High schoolGrand Island|
Yes, Nebraska had football stars before the sellout streak, before 24/7, at-your-fingertips media coverage. Bobby Reynolds more than filled the bill.
The 5-foot-11, 180-pound halfback had a year to remember as a sophomore in 1950. He scored 22 touchdowns and amassed enough PATs (he did kick some) to score 157 points. He was second in the nation in rushing with 1,342 yards and had eight straight 100-yard rushing games.
Reynolds was special. "Mr. Touchdown," an All-American who looked like he belonged on a Wheaties box, led NU to its first winning season (6-2-1) since the 1940 Rose Bowl team.
He had a spectacular 33-yard touchdown run in a victory over Missouri in 1950. The World-Herald series "The Nebraska 100" described it: "It has been estimated he covered as many as 100 yards, reversing his field three times and retreating nearly 30 yards behind the line of scrimmage."
And Reynolds was home grown. He helped Grand Island High School to state football and basketball championships in 1947 and 1948.
His football career, though, flamed out. Shoulder injuries and an eye ailment curtailed his last two seasons as a Husker. A broken leg while playing baseball ruined his chances at an NFL career after the Rams drafted him in 1952. He died in 1985, eight months after being inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame.
These are the players who built Nebraska football.
©2018 BH Media Group