Academic All-American Sean Fisher accepted a third straight George Sullivan Award last season.
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Fisher Makes His Decision: Itís Med School

By NU Athletic Communications

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Forget our invitation to weigh in on what you would do if you were Sean Fisher. The two-time Nebraska Academic All-America linebacker decided Monday that he will not return to the gridiron for a possible sixth season and instead will concentrate all of his efforts on enrolling in medical school this fall.

“The opportunity to be part of this football program the past five years has been a great experience and one that is difficult to walk away from, but I made the determination it was time to move on,” Fisher said. “I am putting all my energy toward preparing for med school.”

Fisher said he appreciated Nebraska Coach Bo Pelini’s decision to leave the door open for him to consider returning to football, plus the staff giving him the time to research the opportunities. “My decision is final,” Fisher said Monday afternoon on his way to an anatomy class. “I’m getting married this summer, and I’m going through the process of finalizing my medical school decision.” 

Engaged to Former UNO Soccer Player

Fisher will marry Hayley Renshaw, a fellow Millard North (Neb.) High School graduate who lettered four years in soccer as a midfielder at the University of Nebraska-Omaha. A UNO grad, she became an account rep last year for Union Pacific Railroad in Omaha. Fisher’s parents, Todd (a letter-winning cornerback on Nebraska’s 1983 team), and Cathy Fisher, live in Omaha, where his dad develops and manages real estate. Cole Fisher, one of Sean’s two younger brothers, plays football for the University of Iowa.

Fisher’s time at Nebraska began with a 2008 redshirt season necessitated by a shoulder injury. He also suffered a broken leg in fall camp in 2010 and probably could have petitioned successfully for an extra season of eligibility. Through all his on-field setbacks, Fisher has maintained a 4.0 GPA in business administration and pre-medicine. Teammate Rex Burkhead and senior volleyball star Gina Mancuso joined Fisher as 2012 Academic All-Americans last month, enabling Nebraska to become the first NCAA institution in history to have 300 Academic All-Americans.

Fisher Earned Three Sullivan Awards

Fisher also has been the recipient of three consecutive Sullivan Scholarship Awards, named in honor of George Sullivan, who served in Nebraska’s Athletic Department for more than 40 years, including the last 18 as head athletic trainer until his retirement in 1995.

“Todd was a great young man when he played here, and I think Sean’s just like him in a lot of ways,” Sullivan said. “I’ve seen a lot of leaders come through here. Sean and his dad aren’t the kind of people who jump out at you as leaders, but they’re the kind of people who everyone wants to follow. Our scholarship goes to someone who’s pursuing a career in the medical field, and I know this. I’m 85 years old, and I hope I’m still around when Sean becomes a doctor. He’s so even-tempered,  I’d like to have him be my doctor.”

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