Fan has been playing accordion outside Husker games for 34 years
Posted By: Brent BonFleur
You might not know Chris Sayer, but, if you’ve been to Husker football game, you’ve probably heard him.
That’s because Sayer has been playing his accordion before Husker home football games for the last 34 years.
"I started doing this because I just had so much angst before the games," Sayer said.
"My family said, ‘You know, you should try to find something to do to keep yourself busy."
Most Saturdays, Sayer shows up three hours before kickoff to play fans into the stadium.
He can’t make it to every game – as much as he’d like to.
He missed the big match-up with Oregon earlier this season.
"That killed me," he said.
But when you’ve been playing for more seasons than Tom Osborne coached the team, you can’t blame a guy for sitting one out every now and then.
"Once in a while I get a little break so I can stretch out my arms," Sayer said.
"Three hours, you know, for an old guy, it takes a little toll on the joints."
He says he makes enough each week in tips to take his wife out for a nice dinner.
But it’s not the money that keeps him coming back.
"The truth is, Husker nation is really just a big family – and this makes me feel like I’m a part of the whole thing," he said.
Friends and family ask when he’s going to finally give it up.
"I don’t know if I’ll last another 34 years, but I’ll be doing this as long as I’m able," Sayer said.
"As long as people let me, as long as they put up with it!"
So whether you’re a Husker at heart – or even if you’re not – you may want to take a minute to stop and listen to a tradition that has welcomed thousands of the greatest fans in college football.
You can find Sayer on game day between the Sheldon Art Museum and the UNL College of Business Administration.
He jokes that – when he does finally stop playing at the games – he expects UNL to build a bronze statue of him outside Memorial Stadium.