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Ndamukong Suh inspects a throwback helmet with 1962 players Dwain Carlson and Willie Paschell.
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          Release: 08/14/2009
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Captain of 1962 Team Will Bid on His Own Jersey Number in Auction

When the captain of Nebraska's 1962 football team saw Ndamukong Suh in a No. 93 throwback jersey Friday, he knew he wanted the No. 62 that will be worn in the Huskers' 300th consecutive sellout game against Louisiana-Lafayette Sept. 26.

"My wife's pushing me very hard to get in the auction," former Husker offensive guard and co-captain Dwain Carlson said. "If I don't buy it, she probably will. We want to keep it in the family for sure."

Old No. 62 from 1962 wouldn't want it any other way.

Carlson welcomes a competitive bidding process for each throwback uniform set, which includes a jersey, pants and helmet worn in the milestone game. Each set also will include a certificate of authenticity.

All uniforms worn by the Huskers in the Louisiana-Lafayette game are being auctioned to the highest bidder on Huskers.com. The auction began Friday morning. By Sunday morning, 74 of the 93 throwback Husker uniforms already had received confirmed minimum bids of $500 or higher. One number, 93, had a bid for $1,300, and five other jerseys had reached $1,000 -- Nos. 4, 14, 17, 21 and 22.

"Absolutely," Carlson replied when asked if he would enjoy aggressive bidding that will continue until Oct. 7. "I think it's a great opportunity for all Nebraska fans. I don't know if something like this will happen again in a long time. I think it's great to put the emphasis on this. If you go out and spend the money, it's going for a tremendously good cause."

The money not only will cover the expenses Nebraska incurred to buy the special uniforms, but also will generate revenue that will help the Huskers compete at a championship level.

Dennis Claridge, the first Bob Devaney-coached starting quarterback at Nebraska, doesn't plan on being a bidder in the auction, but he would love to see jersey No. 14 generate some income for the athletic department.

"It'll be a neat thing for those people who are collectors of Husker memorabilia," Claridge said, confessing that he already has his old jersey from the 1963 team that beat Auburn in the Orange Bowl.

"I did something I shouldn't have done," Claridge admitted. "I took my jersey home and later gave it to my son."

And what kind of shape is a nearly half-century-old No. 14 jersey in?

"It's all tattered and shredded," Claridge said, "but that's because Dan's worn it to every Husker game over the last 25 years."

Claridge said the reunion of the 1962 team is important, but the milestone game is more a celebration for the fans than the players who started the string of 300 consecutive sellouts 47 years ago.

"The fans are the ones who deserve all the credit," Claridge said. "They've been there through thick and thin over all of these years. More than anything, this is a tribute to them, and this is a great way for everyone to show their appreciation for the program."

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