Gabrielle Union helps Husker football player honor late father

Family, faith and football.

These are three pillars that the Gaylord family lives by. Christian Gaylord, now an offensive lineman for Nebraska, grew up a Husker fan, the love for the Big Red being fueled by his father, Scott.

It was a no brainer for Christian when he got an offer from Nebraska during his junior year of high school. Now, in his fourth year as a Husker player with many games under his belt, Christian was sidelined during fall football camp with an ACL injury.

This injury, however, he believes was orchestrated by God. 

“If I didn’t tear my ACL, I wouldn’t have known about my dad’s passing. I would’ve been in Illinois, playing and I would’ve found out when I got home so I’m just happy I’m here with my family right now,” said Christian, in a one-on-one interview with Channel 8 Eyewitness News.

Scott was killed September 20th in a multi-vehicle accident near Gibbon. When he didn’t call or show up to their family event, they knew something wasn’t right. Family and friends were making phone calls to find him.

“We finally tracked him down and got the news,” says Holly Gaylord, wife to Scott.

In the week since his passing, Christian and his family say they’ve received an outpouring of support from Husker Nation, their church, and countless others. While away in Illinois for game 4, players on the offensive line told Christian they were playing for Scott.

Now, Christian is hoping to receive a medical redshirt and stay at Nebraska for another year, so he too can play for his dad.

“I told him, Christian, I don’t care if you don’t play another down and he told me, ‘dad wouldn’t want me to give up,’ so now he’s got a new passion and a new why,” Holly says.

The Gaylord family wants to share the story of Scott and memorialize him and his commitment to his faith and family. 

With the Ohio State game on the horizon and all eyes on Nebraska for College GameDay, Christian called for a special request to honor his father. 

Omaha native Gabrielle Union announced she would be making an appearance on College GameDay as the guest picker, she tweeted about which jersey she should wear for her GameDay debut. 

“Why not dad’s?” Christian said to his older brother, Caleb, talking about the jersey Scott would wear to all the Husker games.

Christian then tweeted Union back, saying it would be an honor for her to wear Scott’s jersey for the big game. Union said yes.

Saturday morning Christian and his family will be celebrating the life of Scott at his funeral, while Union will be sharing his story across all of ESPN proudly representing his jersey. Saturday night, the Gaylords will be cheering on the Huskers, just like Scott would’ve wanted them to. 

 

 

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