Lincoln – The Nebraska Athletic Department is proud to welcome members of the 1997 national championship Husker football team back to Lincoln Friday, Oct. 12 through Saturday, Oct. 13 for a two-day reunion celebration marking the team’s 10th anniversary.
The event will kick off with the Anniversary Program Celebration on Friday night, where former players, coaches and staff will have the opportunity to reunite in celebration of
The 1997 Nebraska Huskers, led by the Hall of Fame Coach Tom Osborne, were one of the most talented, successful teams in school history. Captained by Vershan Jackson, Jason Peter, Aaron Taylor and Grant Wistrom, NU capped its perfect 13-0 season with a Big 12 title win over Texas A&M and Nebraska’s fifth national championship by knocking off Tennessee and Peyton Manning in the Orange Bowl.
Defensive tackle Jason Peter and rush end Grant Wistrom earned All-America honors that year, as did offensive guard Aaron Taylor, the first Cornhusker to be named an All-American at two positions. He played center in 1996.
Quarterback Scott Frost and I-back Ahman Green were among other key players on offense. Frost became only the 10th player in major college history to rush for 1,000 yards and pass for 1,000 yards in the same season, finishing with 1,095 and 1,237, respectively.
Frost’s 2,332 yards of total offense were one short of the
Green rushed for 1,877 yards, which ranked second in the nation. His yards also placed him second on the Cornhuskers’ all-time single-season list, behind 1983 Heisman Trophy winner Mike Rozier’s 2,148 yards.
Every Cornhusker, from freshman Matt Davison, whose touchdown catch of a deflected Frost pass on the final play of regulation against
Since that remarkable season, 26 players from the 1997 team have gone on to find success in the National Football League, including 10 who are still active members of NFL rosters in 2007. Still four others have gone on to perform at the next level as members of NFL Europe, giving NU 30 total players from that team that went on to professional careers..
Among the most notable of the NFL stars from the 1997 squad, Wistrom played nine seasons in the NFL with three Super Bowl appearances before retiring after the 2006 season. Green has earned a spot as one of the NFL’s top running backs, spending seven outstanding seven seasons in Green Bay Packers, before joining the Houston Texans this season. Peter retired from the NFL in 2001 after playing four seasons for the Carolina Panthers.
This is the third national championship team that has been honored at