Honors & Awards
- Nebraska Football Hall of Fame (2006 Inductee)
- Drafted by the Arizona Cardinals (1997 - 4th Round, Pick #106)
- Member of Two Nebraska National Championship Teams (1994, 1995)
- Two-Time First-Team All-Conference (1995, 1996)
- Outland Trophy Award Semifinalist (1996)
- Second-Team All-American (AP, 1996)
- Honorable-Mention All-American (UPI, 1995)
- First-Team All-Big Eight (Coaches, Football News, 1995)
- Second-Team All-Big Eight (AP, 1995)
A two-year starter and four-year letterman, Chris Dishman saw time at both guard and tackle in his career and was a two-time all-conference honoree, an Outland Trophy Award Semifinalist and earned second-team All-America honors his senior year. He was selected in the fourth round of the 1997 NFL Draft by the Arizona Cardinals. Dishman would go on to play eight seasons (seven with the Cardinals and one with the St. Louis Rams) before calling it a career.
Dishman split time between left guard and left tackle his senior season, starting every game at left guard, and earned second-team All-America honors by the Associated Press, was an Outland Trophy semifinalist and earned first-team all-conference honors two consecutive years. A versatile lineman able to both pass-block and run-block, Dishman anchored an offensive line that averaged 291.9 yards rushing per game, which ranked fourth nationally.
Dishman quickly quieted the critics who said the 1995 offensive line, made up of four new starters, including Dishman, would not be able to respond to the outstanding season and notoriety the 1994 offensive line established. Dishman and fellow new starters Steve Ott, Aaron Taylor and Eric Anderson joined veteran Aaron Graham and averaged 399.8 yards rushing per game, 60 yards more than the 1994 line. Dishman started every game at left tackle for NU and was recognized by the league coaches who named him to the All-Big Eight first team. He was named an honorable-mention All-American by UPI and second-team all-conference by the Associated Press.
Disman saw considerable playing time in 1994 as a reserve left tackle behind two-year starter Rob Zatechka. He played in every game, including the Orange Bowl and was a member of the Husker PAT and field goal teams. With Dishman's help, the Huskers won their ninth rushing title under Tom Osborne, averaging 340.0 yards per game. NU bettered the rest of the nation by more than 35 yards per game, averaging 340.0 yards rushing each outing.
A backup to Lance Lundberg at left tackle, Dishman played in eight games and helped the Huskers rank third nationally in rushing at 287.9 yards per game, fifth in scoring at 38.3 points per game and 23rd in total offense at 425.0 yards per contest. Dishman suited up but did not play in the 1994 Orange Bowl.
A scholarship athlete, Dishman redshirted his first year.
Cozad High School
A two-way standout and an all-class, all-state performer for Coach Gene Hunting at Cozad High School, Dishman powered the Haymakers to a 12-1 record and the state Class B title in 1991. At Cozad, he was a teammate of Brandan Holbein, Matt Hunting and Casey Macken. He played in the 1992 Nebraska Shrine Game. Dishman was also a standout wrestler, posting a 33-4 mark as a junior, and in track, where he threw the shot put 55-6 1/2 and the discus 159 feet. As a senior wrestler, he reached the state Class B finals at heavyweight, losing to fellow Husker Jeff Ogard of St. Paul. Dishman chose Nebraska over Colorado State, Iowa State and Kansas State.
The son of Grant and Irma Dishman, Chris was born Feb. 27, 1974, and was involved in the Teammates mentoring program during his time at Nebraska.
Dishman's Career Statistics
Games Played/Started -- 46/25 (includes bowl games)
1995 "Pancakes" (Knock-down Blocks) -- 47 (4.27 Average)
1996 "Pancakes" -- 109 (9.4 Average)
"Pancake" Best -- 14 vs. Kansas, 1996