The 4-1-1 with Chad Kelsay

By NU Athletic Communications
Chad Kelsay was one of the leaders of the Blackshirt defense on NU's 1997 national championship team.
Chad Kelsay was one of the leaders of the Blackshirt defense on NU's 1997 national championship team.
Photo by Scott Bruhn/Nebraska Communications

Name: Chad Kelsay
Hometown: Auburn, Neb.
Years played: 1995-98
Family: Wife, Carie

Honors: First-Team Academic All-American (1998), Kansas City Star First-Team All-Big 12 (1998), Coaches and Associated Press Second-Team All-Big 12 (1998), Nebraska Lifter of the Year (1998), Team Co-Captain (1998), Brook Berringer Citizenship Team (1998), Second-Team Academic All-American (1997), Three-time First Team Academic All-Big 12 (1996, 1997, 1998), drafted in seventh round of the 1998 NFL Draft by the Pittsburgh Steelers

Chad Kelsay is, in many ways, the story of traditional Nebraska football. Hailing from a small town an hour outside of Lincoln, he became one of an elite class of true freshmen to contribute to Nebraska’s 1995 National Championship season. A 1999 graduate with a degree in finance, Chad was drafted into the NFL and played for nearly two seasons. He has since returned to Nebraska doing what? Get the inside info with Husker 411 with Chad Kelsay.

1. Who is Chad Kelsay?

I was born and raised in Auburn, Neb. I was the oldest of three children (brother Chris, who also played for NU, and sister, Bristol). While athletics became an important part of our lives, my parents, Steve and Jackie, raised us to be well-rounded. Academics were always a focal point, and we also spent considerable time hunting and fishing as we grew up. I live in Omaha, NE, and for the previous seven years I have worked for Aon Risk Services, Inc. of Nebraska. I was married in May of 2006 to my wife, Carie. When not working, I enjoy golfing, hunting and fishing, and spending time with my wife and our dog, Bali.

2. What’s the most significant personal achievement or event that’s happened in your life since you left Nebraska?

The most significant personal event in my life since leaving Nebraska was getting married in May, 2006. Outside of this event, from a purely personal perspective, having the opportunity to play in the NFL was an exciting experience. I was with Pittsburgh for one full season and part of a second, and I also spent a short period with St. Louis. By no means was it a long career, but it was a unique opportunity that was a special experience.

3. What’s the one thing you learned through your student-athlete experience at Nebraska that’s helped you the most?

Goal setting and time management are two areas that helped me be successful at Nebraska, not only with athletics, but also academics and community involvement. Regardless what you do in life, setting goals, and then working hard to achieve them, is instrumental in achieving success. Time management is also critical. The most successful people, whether it’s in athletics, business, or life in general, are constantly busy. The ability to manage this limited resource during college, and now in the "real" world, is an integral component of being successful.

4. What are you doing now?

In October of 2000 I joined Aon Risk Services, Inc. of Nebraska. Aon is a commercial insurance brokerage firm which offers Property & Casualty risk management services and Employee Benefits consulting services. My duties consist of new business development, as well as servicing current clients. I am also responsible for managing all new business development activities for our Nebraska and Iowa offices. In addition, I volunteer as a board member for the Nebraska Chapter of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and the Strategic Air and Space Museum, as well as mentor two high school students with the TeamMates Mentoring Program. I still enjoy keeping up on the Huskers, and I also keep a close eye on the Buffalo Bills, where my brother is enjoying a successful NFL career.


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