Last year, Darin Erstad honored George Sullivan at a Husker baseball game
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NU Fans Can Help Sullivan Celebrate 91st Birthday

By Randy York

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The more you celebrate your life, the more there is to rejoice, especially when Husker Nation can help George 'Sully' Sullivan have a memorable 91st birthday on Sunday.

A national legend and a true trailblazer, Sully has represented thousands of Husker athletes. In his 41-year career at Nebraska, he has served, treated, counseled and loved everyone.


A servant to athletes, a player advocate to the coaches and a pioneer in the field of athletic training and physical therapy, Sully will not be going anywhere soon, but that does not rule out the best way to honor him.


“I encourage everyone who knows and cares about George to send him a card and wish him a happy birthday,” said Jerry Weber, Nebraska’s associate director of athletic medicine and head athletic trainer.


“George lost Genie, his wife, two weeks ago,” Weber said. “George lives in Tabitha’s assisted living facility. I encourage everyone who can to send George a birthday card to Harbor House at 6100 South 34th Street in Lincoln (68516). It would mean a lot to George.”


“His son and daughter-in-law check in with George all the time,” Weber said. “Former players stop by to see him, too. I hope I can see George later Sunday after our third and last baseball game of the weekend.”


Bottom line, Weber is, was and always will be the closest non-family person to George. “George is so highly respected, not only in Nebraska but throughout the country,” Weber said. “He’s brought so much to the table in athletic training. He was a founding father who served on a number of important boards for years, and he's been a Hall-of-Famer for a long time.”


Losing Jeannie was a tough hurdle for George, who met her on a ranch he worked on when she was 17 years old. “The rest is history,” Weber said. “We’re all trying to do more this summer, so we can stay together and talk more with George, who’s a tough-minded guy with a heart of gold.


“We’ll get George to a football game or two this fall,” Weber said. “He’s very excited because the experience brings back a lot of memories. (Former Husker) Dan Pensick went to see George last week and ended up spending 2½ hours just talking about the past, present and the future. It means so much to George. You don’t have to know George to send him a birthday card. He loves all Huskers.”

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