Honors & Awards
A four-year letterman and two-year starter who followed in his brother Rob's footsteps on the Husker offensive line, Jon averaged nearly 10 pancakes (knock-down blocks) per game as a senior. He helped the Huskers win their third NCAA rushing title in four years by averaging 392.6 yards per game on the ground. Nebraska also led the nation in total offense at 513.7 yards per game, while leading the nation in scoring offense with 47.1 points per contest.
A second-team CoSIDA Academic All-American and a two-time first-team academic All-Big 12 selection, Zatechka earned third-team All-Big 12 honors from the league coaches on the field as a senior. His senior season was highlighted by scoring a touchdown against Texas Tech after an Ahman Green fumble into the end zone, marking the first time that a Husker offensive lineman had scored a touchdown since Dean Steinkuhler scored on a 19-yard run in the 1984 Orange Bowl.
During his five seasons in Lincoln, Zatechka was part of the most successful stretch in Husker history, as Hall of Fame Coach Tom Osborne's team amassed a 60-3 record that included four conference titles from 1993 to 1997.
Following his senior season, Zatechka signed an NFL free agent contract with the Arizona Cardinals. He spent four years with Berlin in NFL Europe from 1998 to 2001.
Nebraska finished the season ranked No. 4 nationally with 291.9 rushing yards per game, while also ranking fourth in the country in scoring offense at 42.7 points per contest. Zatechka also started against Virginia Tech in the 1996 Orange Bowl.
In the classroom, Zatechka earned first-team CoSIDA Academic All-District VII honors and was a first-team academic All-Big 12 selection.
Off the field, Zatechka claimed a spot on the Phillips 66 Big Eight Academic Honor Roll.
Redshirt Freshman (1994)
A scholarship recruit, Zatechka redshirted in his first season at
A three-year starter on the offensive line for Coach Lee Zentic at Lincoln East, Zatechka also started at left defensive tackle for the Spartans in 1992, recording 68 tackles including 31 solos. Zatechka earned first-team All-Nebraska honors from the Omaha World-Herald and Super-State accolades from the Lincoln Journal Star as a senior. He earned all-city honors as a junior and played in the Nebraska Shrine Game at Memorial Stadium before joining the Huskers in 1993.
Zatechka also competed in the shot put at the state track and field meet and earned three varsity letters in track and field. Like his two older brothers, Steve and Rob, Jon was the Lincoln East valedictorian and posted a perfect 4.0 GPA during his high school career.
Zatechka's Career Statistics