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Husker Championship Memorabilia Stolen from UNL Employee

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By: Melina Matthes

Bill Shepard was the Grounds Director for the University of Nebraska's Athletic Department for more than 50 years.  Yesterday, someone stole some of his most prized possessions.

Many remember Shepard shoveling snow off the NU filed in the 1989 Kansas State game.

He's a legend in Nebraska who has earned more than a dozen championship memorabilia items.

He remembers when he and the Huskers got their very first Championship Ring.

"Once they had that tradition going, everybody worked towards the same thing...getting another ring next year," said Shepard.

But that ring is now gone.

"That's part of my history, my history's gone," he said.

According to Lincoln police, someone broke into Shepard's home on Monday.  They said it happened between 10:30 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.

The suspects broke the glass on the door to get inside his house.

In total, five guns, 17 UNL Championship Rings and 14 Nebraska bowl watches.

Shepard can't help but get emotional when remembering which ring was his favorite.

"Probably the first ring, cause I never wore a ring.  Probably the first one, that National Championship of, what, 70."

Shepard said the items meant a lot to him.  They originally cost more than $14,000.  The value has since gone up.

"My name's on most of them so do you want a ring with my name on it, that's the big thing," he said.

His message for the suspects: "I hope he enjoys them as much as I did.  I don't know if they're worth anything to him monetarily, but the sentiment won't be there."

At this time the investigation continues.  Shepard said the rings have either his name or his initials on each one and he wishes they would be returned to him.

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