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Pat Fischer wasn’t big, but he was one of the most versatile and durable Huskers. A member of one of Nebraska’s first families of football, he was on the American sports scene for 20 years.
The 5-foot-9, 170-pounder, born in St. Edward, Nebraska, played high school ball at Omaha Westside. He followed Clete, Ken and Rex Fischer in lettering at NU. Clete played halfback for the New York Giants in 1949 but is best known as a longtime former Husker assistant coach. Ken was a successful high school coach at Oakland and Grand Island.
Pat Fischer was a bright spot during lean times, leading Nebraska in all-purpose yards all three of his varsity seasons. He first dazzled as a sophomore in 1958, averaging 33.6 yards on seven kickoff returns and 15.4 yards on nine punt returns. The starting halfback maintained a stellar performance on special teams as a junior.
Fischer played some quarterback as a senior while keeping his other jobs as a defensive back and return man. He had an 84-yard punt return touchdown against Oklahoma State.
Drafted in the 17th round by the St. Louis Cardinals in 1961, Fischer forged an impressive 17-year NFL career as a cornerback. He was an All-Pro and Pro Bowl selection with both the Cardinals and Washington Redskins, for whom he played his final 10 seasons. He played on the 1972 Redskins team that lost the Super Bowl to the unbeaten Miami Dolphins.
Fischer was one of the first DBs to employ the "bump and run" tactic. (There is debate over who was first, Fischer or the Raiders’ Willie Brown in the AFL.) With 56 interceptions — four returned for TDs — in 213 games, some wonder why Fischer isn’t in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
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