George Sullivan awarded Connor Ketter with the Sullivan Scholarship in 2017
Photo by Allyssa Hynes/Nebraska Communications

Celebrating George "Sully" Sullivan

By NU Athletic Communications

Longtime Husker Athletic Trainer George Finley (Sully) Sullivan (91) passed away peacefully with family by his side on Tuesday, December 25th in Lincoln, Nebraska. Sullivan served as Nebraska’s Head Athletic Trainer from 1977 until 1995. He was an Assistant Athletic Trainer and Head Physical Therapist for the Huskers from 1953-1977. His 42-year career at Nebraska Athletics began as a student trainer in 1948. Sully played football for Nebraska in the late 1940s and earned his bachelor’s and masters’ degrees from Nebraska.

A Celebration of Life Service will be held at St. Mark's United Methodist Church (8550 Pioneers Blvd., Lincoln, Neb.) on Friday, January 4th at 10:30 a.m. There will be a reception following the service in the St. Marks Gymnasium giving all Husker Letterwinners, athletic trainers and staff a chance to visit with family and friends. The family has requested that memorials be given to the George Finley Sullivan Scholarship Fund established at the Nebraska Foundation in 2008.

The George Finley Sullivan Scholarship is given annually to a member of the University of Nebraska football program who has a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or above and has demonstrated exceptional character. Preference is given to those who have expressed a desire to pursue a career in a health-related field after graduation from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

An online donation link is active on (, or memorials may be sent via mail to Husker Athletics payable to the University of Nebraska Foundation.

1) Go to
2) Sign in or Create a New Account
3) Click ‘Manage Donations’
4) Select ‘George Sullivan Endowed Scholarship Fund’

1) Payable to University of Nebraska Foundation
2) Write ‘George Sullivan’ in memo line
3) Mail to: Huskers Athletic Fund, 625 Stadium Drive, Lincoln, NE 68588


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