During a week in which Husker Nation has been thrust into the national spotlight for all the wrong reasons, there is some good news.
For the third year in a row, a Nebraska football player has been honored as part of the Allstate AFCA Good Works Team. This year's honoree is Husker fullback C.J. Zimmerer.
Zimmerer and running back Imani Cross were giving a speech about dreaming big to more than 300 students at Eastridge Elementary Monday morning, when he was surprised by a team from Allstate and his family.
"I always tell people, even if I never played a down of football, it would all be worth it because I get to do things like this," Zimmerer said.
The surprise had Zimmerer smiling just as big as the kids he was speaking to.
"C.J. is everything that you could ever want a son to be, somebody to look up to," his mom Jacque said.
The award is given annually to 22 players across the nation who stand out through their charitable contributions and community involvement.
He becomes the 13th Husker to receive the award, joining the likes of Jared Crick and Rex Burkhead.
Zimmerer will be invited to join other members of the team in New Orleans to participate in a community project before the Allstate Sugar Bowl in January.