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2017 Game Program Senior Feature: Brett Classen

By Brook Weber

If there was one thing that senior wide receiver Brett Classen was sure about coming out of high school, it is that he wanted to play football for Nebraska. He knew it since he was a little kid, thanks to his upbringing by parents Mark and Deb who also bleed Husker red. Brett is from Medina, Minn., and got a scholarship offer to play football at Winona State.

“Out of high school, Nebraska didn’t want me, so I went to Winona for two years because they had a good medical program,” Classen said. “I wanted to be a chiropractor, so that is what I was thinking I was going to do.”

After a year at Winona State, Classen saw an opportunity to pursue his dream once he saw that head coach Mike Riley was taking over the Husker program in 2015, and wrote to the new staff asking for a chance to walk on to the team. The rest is history.

In August, Classen was named as one of six walk-ons that received a scholarship after years of grit and perseverance. As a lifelong Husker fan, no gift could have been greater for the senior wide receiver.

“It was the coolest thing ever since I have always wanted to be a Husker,” he said. “This was pretty much the only goal I ever had as a kid. Everyone has their crazy dreams, but I wanted to play football at Nebraska.”

After countless hours of community service and hard work at Nebraska, Classen hopes his legacy will remain for years to come. As he goes on to pursue his career goal of becoming a successful chiropractor, he wanted to leave his impact on a generation of future Huskers.

“Being a little Husker fan, I loved seeing the players giving back to the community,” Classen said. “So after I became one of them, I felt that I had to repay the dues, and I hope that I inspired little kids to become Huskers one day, too.”


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