2006 Nebraska Hall of Fame Class Announced
Lincoln – Five members of Nebraska’s back-to-back title-winning teams from 1994 and 1995 highlight the 11-member class of 2006 that will be inducted into the Nebraska Football Hall of Fame this September.
The Nebraska Football Hall of Fame is sponsored by the Nebraska Chapter of the National Football Foundation and College Football Hall of Fame. The 2006 induction class will be enshrined at a special reception on Sept. 8, and will be introduced at the Nicholls State game on Sept. 9.
In addition to the Hall of Fame class, the Nebraska Chapter will present its Clarence Swanson Memorial Award to Richard A. Robinson Family of Norfolk, Neb., and its Lyell Bremser Special Merit Award to Irv Veitzer of Omaha during the weekend ceremonies.
The Nebraska Football Hall of Fame Class of 2006:
Chris Dishman –A four-year letterman who helped Nebraska to back-to-back national titles in 1994 and 1995, Dishman anchored a dominant offensive line that paved the way for NCAA rushing title in both 1994 and 1995. NU rolled to a nation-leading 399.8 rushing yards in 1995, when the Huskers produced a school-record 556.3 yards of total offense per game. During his four-year career, NU was a remarkable 47-3 overall. The Cozad, Neb., native earned all-conference honors as a tackle in 1995 and as a guard in 1996. A team captain in 1996, Dishman was a fourth-round NFL Draft choice of Arizona and spent seven seasons with the Cardinals from 1997 to 2003.
Bob Lingenfelter – A three-year letterman as a tackle, Lingenfelter earned All-Big Eight honors in 1976. The Plainview, Neb., native helped the Huskers capture Hall of Fame Coach Tom Osborne's first Big Eight title in 1975, while ranking among the nation's top 15 teams in total offense each season. Lingenfelter was a seventh-round NFL Draft pick of the Cleveland Browns in 1977. He spent one season with the Browns in 1977, before playing for the Minnesota Vikings in 1978 and 1979.
Mike Minter –A four-year letterwinner as one of the best defensive backs in school history, Minter helped the Huskers to national titles as a rover in 1994 in 1995. The Lawton, Okla., native earned All-Big 12 honors as a senior in 1996, when he joined fellow 2006 Hall of Fame inductees Chris Dishman and Jared Tomich as team captains. Although he missed most of the 1994 season with an injury, Minter ended his NU career with 134 tackles, including eight tackles for loss, while adding seven interceptions. Minter was a second-round NFL Draft pick of Carolina in 1997, and he helped the Panthers to an appearance in Super Bowl XXXVIII. Minter has spent nine seasons with Carolina and is the club's all-time leading tackler with more than 700 stops in 132 career games.
Christian Peter – A starting defensive tackle on Nebraska's 1994 and 1995 national championship teams, Peter was at the center of a dominant Blackshirt defense. The Locust, N.J., native was an All-Big Eight selection as a senior in 1995, when the Huskers allowing just 78.4 rushing yards per game to rank second nationally. NU also ranked among the top five nationally in scoring defense in both 1994 and 1995. He closed his NU career with 124 tackles, including 20 tackles for loss with nine sacks. Peter was a fifth-round NFL Draft choice of New England in 1996. He played in the NFL for six seasons, including four with the New York Giants (1997-2000), one with Indianapolis (2001) and one with the Chicago Bears (2002).
Jared Tomich – The only Husker All-American in this year's Hall of Fame class, Tomich earned All-America honors as a rush end in 1995 and 1996. The St. John, Ind., native closed his NU career with 91 total tackles, including 26 tackles for loss and 16 sackes. Ten of Tomich's sacks came as a junior in 1995, when he helped one of the most dominant NU defenses in school history rank No. 2 nationally with just 78.4 rushing yards allowed per game. A finalist for the Lombardi Award, Tomich was also extremely active in the community and earned a spot on the CFA Good Works Team in 1996. A second-round NFL Draft pick of New Orleans in 1997, Tomich spent four seasons with the Saints from 1997 through 2000, before closing his career with the Green Bay Packers in 2002.
Kerry Weinmaster –A four-year letterman and an All-Big Eight middle guard for the Huskers in 1979, Weinmaster finished his career with 165 tackles, including 39 tackles for loss. The North Platte, Neb., native helped the Huskers to a share of the Big Eight title in 1978. He also helped Nebraska finished in the top 10 in the national rankings three times.
Tyrone Williams – A two-time first-team All-Big Eight honoree as a lock down corner for the Huskers, Williams was a three-year starter in the NU secondary from 1993 to 1995. In his three years on the field for the Huskers, Williams helped NU to an amazing 36-1 record, two national titles and three Big Eight crowns. The native of Palmetto, Fla., posted 95 tackles to go along with five career interceptions and 11 pass breakups, as opposing teams rarely through his direction. A third-round NFL Draft pick of Green Bay in 1996, spent nine seasons overall in the NFL. He helped the Packers to Super Bowls in 1997 and 1998, spending seven seasons in Green Bay from 1996 to 2002. He spent 2003 with the Atlanta Falcons before closing his career in 2004 with the Dallas Cowboys.
Nebraska State College Inductees
Dr. Herbert Meyer–A standout athlete who went on to become both a coach and athletic director at Concordia College, Meyer's football and track and field teams at Concordia each won three conference titles. He also coached the basketball team for two seasons.
Dr. Rex Grosshart–A Little All-American as a sophomore and a three-time Nebraska College Conference All-Star, Grosshart played for Doane College from 1947 to 1950. He helped lead Doane to a 1949 Bean Bowl victory over Colorado State in Scottsbluff, which marked the first-ever postseason bowl win by a college team from the state of Nebraska. A graduate of Grand Island High School, Grosshart coached at McCook, York and Alliance and Bakersfield (Calif.) Junior College. Grosshart passed away in 2005.
Carl Meyers–A two-time All-Central Intercollegiate Conference quarterback at Nebraska-Omaha, Meyers helped UNO to a pair of conference titles after transferring from Wyoming. At UNO, he set an NAIA record with his 99-yard touchdown pass to Roger Sayers. Meyers was a graduate of Omaha Creighton Prep and played in the 1959 Shrine Bowl.
Robert Oetting–A Little All-American at Concordia College, Oetting was an all-district and All-Tri State Conference tackle from 1961 to 1964. He went on to play for the Los Angeles Rams in the NFL, and for Toronto and Vancouver in the Canadian Football League.