Honors & Awards
- 2011 Nebraska Football Hall of Fame Inductee
- 1986 Nebraska Lifter of the Year Award (500-pound bench press)
A three-year letterman from 1986 to 1988, Lawrence Pete earned All-Big Eight honors as a middle guard under Coach Tom Osborne. The Wichita, Kan., native racked up over 80 tackles and recorded a pair of sacks for the Blackshirts, helping the Huskers to four bowl appearances and the 1988 Big Eight title. One of the strongest players in Husker history, Pete's senior campaign earned him all-conference honors, when he tallied 55 tackles and seven tackles for loss for a unit that led the league in total, rushing and passing defense. He was honored that season as the Cystic Fibrosis senior defensive lineman of the year, in addition to being an honorable-mention All-American. The 6-1, 270 pounder helped Nebraska end Oklahoma's 31-game conference win streak in 1988, when he was named player of the game after finishing with nine tackles. Pete was a fifth-round draft pick of the Detroit Lions in the 1989 NFL Draft and spent his six-year NFL career with the franchise.
Pete was Nebraska's strongest player ever (500-pound bench press) who played in every game in 1987 and started all but two (UCLA and Kansas State). With safety Mark Blazek, he shared the No. 5 spot among Husker tacklers with 45 total, 25 unassisted. He was credited with two tackles for losses and a fumble caused. Pete shared the team lead in tackles at Arizona State with eight, but recorded his season and career highs with 10 stops vs. Oklahoma.
Pete played in every game and made the most of his playing time behind All-American Danny Noonan. Pete recorded 25 tackles, 17 of them uassisted, and had five behind-the-line tackles for 26 yards in losses. Two of those were sacks for 25 yards lost and twice he had six-tackle games in 1986, vs. South Carolina and Kansas State. Pete had five tackles, all unassisted, including three for losses of 17 yards at Illinois.
Peter was redshirted in 1985.
Before Nebraska (Wichita South High School)
Pete used his strenght to win the Kansas class 6A shot put title (57-0) for Witchita South High School in 1984
Son of Vera Gasper. Born Jan. 18, 1966.
Pete's Career Statistics
Games Played- 32 (11-1986, 11-1987, 10-1988)
Tackles- 122 Total tackles (17-UT, 8-AT, 25-TT-1986, 25-UT, 20-AT, 45-TT-1987, 33-UT, 22-AT, 55-TT-1988).