Honors & Awards
A first-team All-Big 12 pick on and off the field, Hesse produced a stellar senior season as one of the league's best linebackers before being chosen by the Jacksonville Jaguars in the seventh round of the 1997 NFL Draft. Hesse spent the 1997 NFL season with both the Green Bay Packers and the Denver Broncos, a year that both teams went head-to-head in the Super Bowl. He spent the 1998 season with the St. Louis Rams, before ending his professional career with Scotland in NFL Europe in 1999.
As a senior Mike linebacker at Nebraska, Hesse stepped into a starting role for the first time and ranked second on the team with 85 total tackles, including 32 solo stops. He notched 11 tackles for loss, covering 53 yards in losses, including two sacks for 18 yards lost. His 11 TFL's ranked fourth on the squad. He added a fumble caused and recovered against Colorado State. A standout on special teams as well, Hesse blocked two kicks, including a PAT against Colorado State and a punt against Texas Tech. He added a pair of pass breakups and three quarterback hurries on the season.
Hesse opened the season with nine tackles in the season opener, before notching 10 tackles in a loss to Arizona State. He added a breakup and a TFL against the Sun Devils. He led the Huskers with a career-high 13 tackles, while adding blocked PAT and a sack against Colorado State. Hesse added five tackles and another sack against No. 16 Kansas State, before managing three tackles against Baylor in limited action.
He claimed Big 12 Defensive Player-of-the-Week accolades against Texas Tech, when he led the Huskers with 11 tackles, including four tackles for loss. He also blocked a Red Raider punt. He added seven tackles, including a TFL, against Kansas, before managing five stops against Oklahoma, four against Missouri and four against Iowa State. He came up big with 10 tackles, including a 13-yard TFL against No. 5 Colorado, before adding four stops with a TFL against Texas. He wrapped up his collegiate career with three total tackles in Nebraska's win over Virginia Tech in the 1996 Orange Bowl.
Hesse was also named the winner of Nebraska's Cletus Fischer Native Son Award, which is presented annually to the senior player selected by the Husker coaches who best exemplifies the following qualities: good work ethic; competitiveness; leadership; forthrightness; sense of humor; pride; loyalty and love of Nebraska.
In addition to earning second-team CoSIDA Academic All-America honors, Hesse was named a CFA Scholar-Athlete and was a finalist for the NACDA Postgraduate Scholarship. He was also named the Burger King Scholar-Athlete of the Week on Sept. 12, which sent $10,000 to the University of Nebraska's General Scholarship Fund.
Hesse registered a season-high nine tackles (four solos) in Nebraska's season-opening victory against Oklahoma State. In the 1996 Fiesta Bowl win over Florida to give the Huskers their second straight nation title, Hesse had an assisted tackle and a four-yard on-side kickoff return.
1993 (Redshirt Freshman)
Before Nebraska (Lincoln Southeast HS)
Hesse's Career Statistics
Blocked Kicks - 1 PAT vs. Colorado; 1 punt vs. Texas Tech, 1996
Bowl Game Stats