Five Huskers Among Greatest Players in Pro History
Five former Huskers have earned places among the greatest football players of all time in the hallowed halls of the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio.
A legend at Nebraska, Guy Chamberlin became the premier end of the NFL during the 1920s. He was a player-coach on four NFL championship teams (1922-24, 1926). He concluded his six-year coaching record with a 56-14-5 (.780) record.
Chamberlin, who was affectionately referred to as "The Champ," earned All-America honors at Nebraska in 1915, before playing and coaching professionally from 1920 to 1927.
Roy "Link" Lyman pioneered a more sophisticated defensive play with a shifting, sliding style. He starred on four title teams (1922-23, 1924, 1933), and played on one losing team in 16 seasons of college and professional football.
Lyman, who played professionally for Canton, Cleveland, Frankford and Chicago from 1922 to 1934, lettered as a tackle at Nebraska in 1918, 1919 and 1921.
Bob Brown was the first All-American to play for Bob Devaney at Nebraska in 1963.
Brown spent 10 years in the NFL, including five seasons with Philadelphia, three with the Los Angeles Rams and two with the Oakland Raiders.
Nebraska's list of former players in the Hall of Fame grew from three to five in 2015, as Will Shields and Mick Tingelhoff were each part of the '15 Class.
Like Chamberlin and Brown, Shields is in both the College Football and Pro Football Hall of Fames.
Shields became the fifth Husker to win the Outland Trophy, capturing it in 1992, and was a semifinalist for the Lombardi Award. A three-time all-conference selection, Shields earned second-team All-American honors as a junior and was a consensus All-American as a senior.
Shields never missed a game during his 14-year NFL career. He played in a Kansas City francise-record 224 games, including 223 straight starts. Shields was selected to 12 straight Pro Bowls, was a three-time first-team All-Pro pick and was the 2003 NFL Man of the Year.
Tingelhoff was as originally signed by the Minnesota Vikings as a free agent out of Nebraska in 1962. Tingelhoff earned a starting nod at center as a rookie and never relinquished the role for the remainder of his stellar 17-season career. An ironman in the NFL, Tingelhoff never missed a game or a practice during his career. He started 240 consecutive games, started in four Super Bowls and was a six-time Pro Bowl selection.
Nebraska's Pro Football Hall of Famers