Football lovers tend to idolize their teams’ skill position stars. Dave Rimington brought glamor to the offensive line and heightened Nebraska fans’ pride in the big guys who battle in the trenches.
Rimington, out of Omaha South, helped open running lanes for the likes of Mike Rozier, Roger Craig and Jarvis Redwine at NU, gaining recognition as one of college football’s all-time great centers.
A first-team All-American in 1981 and 1982, big Dave helped the Huskers win Big Eight championships in those seasons. He also achieved a first in ’81: a lineman winning the conference’s offensive player of the year award.
And he won some of the biggest national awards: the Outland Trophy (best interior lineman) in 1981 and ’82, and the Lombardi (top lineman or linebacker) in ’82.
Rimington played five seasons with Cincinnati and two with Philadelphia in the NFL. He has a special connection to one of his former Cincinnati teammates, quarterback Boomer Esiason — Rimington serves as president of the Boomer Esiason Foundation, which raises funds to fight cystic fibrosis.
Esiason’s foundation presents the Rimington award, instituted in 2000, to college football’s outstanding center. Rimington was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1997.
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