‘Cows don’t have an off day’: Husker linebacker brings lessons from the farm to the field

Husker linebacker Garrett Nelson says his mentality on the field mirrors his father's work ethic on the farm.

LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) – Got milk? One Husker football player does.

With a grin on his face and a jug of milk in his left hand, Husker linebacker Garrett Nelson spoke at a Nebraska State Dairy Association event about how his family’s dairy background influenced his mentality as a person and a football player.

“The work ethic, the moral values, the sense of pride that you have in the work you do carries over through life with that early seed that got planted with [Nelson’s father] as a kid growing up as a dairy farmer and what he’s really passed on to me when I was a kid,” Nelson said.

Nelson’s father, Chris, grew up in a small town called LeRoy in Minnesota on a dairy farm. The elder Nelson received a wrestling scholarship to Nebraska, where he was a two-time All-American with the Huskers before moving to Scottsbluff, where Garrett and his two brothers were raised.

“Pretty much from the time I could hold the shovel, I got put to work,” Nelson said. “And the values that he learned on the farm and being a dairy farmer was instilled in me pretty early.”

Nelson tells Channel 8 that his mentality on the field mirrors his father’s work ethic on the farm.

“Obviously, cows don’t have an off day,” Nelson said. “You can’t really rest when you’re a farmer or a dairy farmer. There’s always work to be done. There’s always something that you need to be doing.”

As for his favorite dairy product, Nelson says nothing beats a glass of milk.

“A cold glass of milk is a great time, all the time.”

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