NEB FB: Brown, Carriker Highlight Hall of Fame Class

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Brown, Carriker Highlight Hall of Fame Class

Long-time NFL kicker Kris Brown and former NFL defensive end Adam Carriker headline the group of four Huskers and one state college star to be inducted into the Nebraska Football Hall of Fame in 2016.

Brown, an NFL All-Pro selection in 2007 and one of the greatest place-kickers in Nebraska football history, helped the Huskers capture national championships in 1995 and 1997. Brown’s 388 career points rank No. 2 in Nebraska history, while his 1,123 career points (44th) and 256 career field goals (39th) both rank in the top 50 in NFL history.

Carriker was a two-time first-team All-Big 12 selection for the Huskers in 2005 and 2006. The 2006 Big 12 Defensive Lineman of the Year was Nebraska’s Defensive MVP as both a junior and a senior before being chosen in the first round of the 2007 NFL Draft by the St. Louis Rams.

Joining Brown and Carriker among the four Huskers in the 2016 Nebraska Football Hall of Fame class are 1983 first-team All-Big Eight offensive tackle Scott Raridon and 1979 first-team All-Big Eight kicker Dean Sukup, who will be inducted posthumously.

Doane University All-American Fred Davis adds a state college flavor to the 2016 induction class. Davis was a two-sport standout in football and track and was the first Doane athlete in history to be named a first-team All-American, earning back-to-back honors as an offensive lineman for the Tigers in 1966 and 1967.

The Hall also will recognize Mike and Julie Jacobson of North Platte with its Clarence E. Swanson Meritorious Service Award. Dr. Tom and Nancy Heiser of Lincoln will be honored with the Lyell Bremser Special Merit Award.

The Nebraska Football Hall of Fame is sponsored by the Nebraska Chapter of the National Football Foundation and College Football Hall of Fame. The College Football Hall of Fame opened in South Bend, Ind., in 1995. It opened its new headquarters in Atlanta in 2014.

Prior to 2015, players must have been either an All-American or first-team all-conference selection to make the Nebraska Football Hall of Fame ballot. Beginning in 2015, Huskers who earned second-team all-conference honors dating back to the expansion of the Big Eight to the Big 12 (1996) and now the 14-team Big Ten, will be eligible. Players are not eligible for the ballot until after a 10-year waiting period from the end of their collegiate careers. Major national award winners earn automatic induction. Active NFL players are not on the ballot.

This year’s Nebraska Football Hall of Fame class will celebrate together with an induction dinner on the University of Nebraska campus on Friday, Sept. 9. The class will be introduced prior to Nebraska’s football game with Wyoming at Memorial Stadium on Saturday, Sept. 10.

The 2016 Nebraska Football Hall of Fame Inductees

Dean Sukup (1978-79) – A first-team All-Big Eight kicker on the field and a first-team academic All-Big Eight selection in his only season as a starter in 1979, Dean Sukup is part of a long line of outstanding Husker place-kickers. A walk-on from Cozad, Neb., Sukup kicked a pair of 52-yard field goals on the 1975 freshman team, before redshirting in 1976. He backed up starting kicker Billy Todd in 1977 and 1978, before taking the starting role as a senior in 1979. Sukup captured All-Big Eight honors by providing the margin of victory in Nebraska’s road wins at Iowa (24-21) and Missouri (23-20). Nebraska finished the 1979 season 10-2 with its only losses coming at Oklahoma (17-14) and to Houston (17-14) in the Cotton Bowl in the final two games of the season. Sukup made 12-of-17 field goal attempts, including a season-long 41-yarder against Kansas, and 40-of-44 PATs to finish with 76 points as a senior in 1979. We went 2-for-2 on PATs as a redshirt sophomore in 1977 and 6-for-6 on PATs as a junior in 1978 to finish his career with 84 total points. At age 9, Sukup won the 1966 National Punt, Pass and Kick Competition during halftime of an NFL game in Miami. He was also an outstanding high school golfer and was the 1970 Nebraska Junior Golf Champion. He earned his bachelor’s degree as a business major at Nebraska in 1979, before earning his law degree in 1982. He practiced law in Nebraska before moving to Phoenix, where he was a golf pro at the Scottsdale Country Club. He spent his final 15 years in Los Angeles, where he was a golf pro at the Glendora Country Club for eight years. He passed away in Los Angeles at the age of 47 on Nov. 10, 2004.

Scott Raridon (1981-83) – A first-team All-Big Eight offensive tackle for the Huskers in his lone year as a starter in 1983, Scott Raridon helped pave the way for one of the most explosive offenses in Nebraska history. Playing alongside All-America offensive linemen Dean Steinkuhler and Mark Traynowicz in front of the “triplets” – quarterback Turner Gill, wide receiver Irving Fryar and Heisman Trophy winning I-back Mike Rozier – Raridon helped the Huskers lead the nation with 52.0 points and 401.7 rushing yards per game. As a senior right tackle, Raridon helped the Huskers produce the second-best total offense mark in school history with 546.7 yards per game, which trails only the 556.3 yards per game generated by the 1995 national champion Huskers. The legendary 1983 team won the Big Eight title and rolled to 12 straight wins before falling 31-30 to Miami in the Orange Bowl in one of the most dramatic finishes in bowl history. Raridon was a part of three Big Eight championship teams at Nebraska, playing backup to All-Big Eight tackles Dan Hurley (1981) and Randy Theiss (1982) before making his first career start against Penn State in the Kickoff Classic in 1983. Raridon went on to play in the East-West Shrine Game before being the top draft pick of the USFL’s Philadelphia Stars. He chose to sign instead with the Philadelphia Eagles after being chosen in the sixth round of the 1984 NFL Draft. Raridon was an All-American for Head Coach Barry Alvarez at Mason City High School in Iowa before coming to Nebraska. Raridon’s oldest son, Scott Jr., played football at Notre Dame, while his son Sam signed with Wisconsin. His son John is a freshman football player at Nebraska in 2016.

Kris Brown (1995-98) – One of the greatest kickers in Nebraska football history, Kris Brown helped the Huskers capture national and conference championships in 1995 and 1997. His teams went a combined 45-6 in his four years as a starter from 1995 to 1998, while he finished atop Nebraska’s career scoring chart with 388 points. The older brother of current Nebraska place-kicker Drew Brown, Kris still ranks second in Nebraska history in career points, trailing only Alex Henery (397, 2007-10). Brown’s 217 PATs made and 222 PATs attempted were both NCAA records at the end of his career. A high school All-America kicker, Brown was also a quarterback on a pair of Class 3-A state championship teams in 1992 and 1993 at Southlake Carroll in Texas before joining the Huskers. As a true freshman at Nebraska, Brown hit 13-of-16 field goals and 58-of-61 extra points to help the Huskers capture their final Big Eight Conference title before rolling to their second straight national championship. As a sophomore, Brown helped the Big Red to a 10-2 record and a Big 12 North title, before playing a major role in NU’s first Big 12 title and third national championship in four years in Coach Tom Osborne’s final season. As a junior in 1997, Brown went a perfect 62-for-62 on extra points and booted 18-of-21 field goals to finish with 116 points – the most by a Nebraska kicker in a season at that time. Brown capped his career by helping the Big Red to a 9-4 record in 1998. A three-time All-Big 12 selection (1996, 2nd; 1997, HM, 1998, 2nd), Brown was a semifinalist for the Lou Groza Award in 1997. He was also a two-time first-team academic All-Big 12 choice and a two-time member of the Brook Berringer Citizenship Team before earning his bachelor’s degree as an education major at Nebraska in May of 1999. Brown played in the Hula Bowl, the Senior Bowl and the Gridiron Classic before being selected in the seventh round by the Pittsburgh Steelers in the 1999 NFL Draft. He spent 12 seasons (1999-2010) in the NFL with Pittsburgh, Houston and San Diego. He earned first-team All-Pro honors with the Houston Texans in 2007, when he connected on 25-of-29 field goals including a career-long 57-yarder. He was also perfect on 40 extra-point attempts. Brown ranks 44th in NFL history with 1,123 career points. He also ranks 39th in NFL history with 256 career field goals. In his final season with the Steelers in 2001, Brown ranked second in the NFL with 30 field goals made.

Adam Carriker (2003-06) – A two-time first-team All-Big 12 defensive end for the Huskers in 2005 and 2006, Adam Carriker started 34 games during his four seasons on the field at Nebraska from 2003 to 2006. During his two All-Big 12 campaigns, Carriker racked up 33 tackles for loss including 16.5 sacks. His TFL total accounted for 157 yards in losses. He finished his career with 41 TFL and 189 yards in losses. A star as both a rush end and quarterback at Kennewick High School in Washington, Carriker redshirted in his first season at Nebraska in 2002. He appeared in nine games as a freshman, despite being limited by an ankle injury. Carriker emerged as a sophomore, appearing in 10 games with eight starts. He finished with 36 tackles, including seven for loss and three sacks, before being named the 2004 Nebraska Lifter of the Year. As a junior in 2005, Carriker had a breakout season, tying for the Big 12 lead with 9.5 sacks to rank 19th nationally. He also led the Huskers with 21 quarterback hurries while finishing with 43 total tackles, including 17 for loss. Carriker capped his Husker career by being named Nebraska’s Defensive MVP for the second straight season while being honored as the Big 12 Defensive Lineman of the Year by the conference coaches. Carriker notched a career-best 52 total tackles, including 16 for loss and seven sacks. He added 12 quarterback hurries and his only career interception. One of three captains for the Huskers as a senior, Carriker played in the Senior Bowl before being chosen in the first round of the 2007 NFL Draft by the St. Louis Rams. He spent three seasons with St. Louis from 2007 to 2009, but did not play in 2009. Carriker played in every game for the Washington Redskins in 2010 and 2011 before appearing in two games and suffering a major knee injury in 2012. He officially retired from the NFL in 2015. Carriker was a first-team academic All-Big 12 choice as a senior in 2006, before earning his bachelor’s degree as a business administration major from Nebraska in December of 2006.

2016 Hall of Famer from the State College Ranks

Fred Davis (Doane, 1964-67) – Fred Davis was a two-sport standout in football and track and was the first Doane athlete in history to be named a first-team All-American, earning that distinction as an offensive lineman in both 1966 and 1967. In addition to his success on the gridiron, Davis was the 1967 and 1968 NAIA champion in the shot put. He was also the 1967 Omaha World-Herald and Lincoln Journal Star State College Athlete of the Year. In 1968, Davis was chosen in the 10th round of the NFL Draft by the Chicago Bears. The native of Richton Park, Ill., was an inaugural member of the Doane Athletics Hall of Fame in 1996.

Clarence E. Swanson Meritorious Service Award

Mike and Julie Jacobson (North Platte) – Mike and Julie Jacobson have given generously with their time, spirit and financial resources to the University of Nebraska Athletic Department for many years. Mike, who earned his bachelor’s degree from Nebraska in 1976 after majoring in agricultural economics/education, is the President and CEO of NebraskaLand National Bank. Julie, who earned her bachelor’s degree from Nebraska in biochemistry/nutrition, serves as the chairwoman of the Nebraska Arts Council Board of Directors. She was formerly a research chemist for the Department of Agriculture.

The long-time football skybox and club seat holders also have club seats at Nebraska men’s basketball and courtside seats to Nebraska volleyball games. They also donated to the building of the Hendricks Training Complex. The Jacobsons have donated to the Nebraska Cultural Endowment, the Lied Center for Performing Arts, the Nebraska Humanities Council, the Nebraska Agricultural Leadership Council, and the National Assembly of State Arts Agencies. Julie, who plays the bassoon, has served on the boards of the Sandhills Symphony, the North Platte Concert Association, Art Study League, Inc., the Mid-Nebraska Community Foundation, the North Platte Area Children’s Museum and the North Platte Community Playhouse Guild.

The couple has a son Joshua, and a daughter, Mary, who was a member of the homecoming court at UNL in 2009.

Inaugurated by the Nebraska Chapter in 1972, the Clarence E. Swanson Meritorious Service Award is given annually to honor a person or family “for outstanding contributions to the University of Nebraska and the Husker Athletic Department through personal service, personal support of athletic department programs and dedication to the Husker football program and intercollegiate athletics.”

Lyell Bremser Special Merit Award

Dr. Tom and Nancy Heiser (Lincoln) – Dr. Tom and Nancy Heiser have been significant contributors of their time, money and support to Nebraska Athletics throughout their lives. Tom, who has been with Nebraska Orthopaedic and Sports Medicine since its origin in April 1987, is known as “Touchdown Tommy” by many. Dr. Heiser earned his undergraduate degree in 1976 from Nebraska, where he was a first-team CoSIDA Academic All-American as a wingback in 1975. He also earned a prestigious NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship to assist in his medical degree from the University of Nebraska Medical Center in 1979. He did his residency at the University of Kansas School of Medicine and advanced his orthopaedic and sports medicine skills at the Kerlan-Jobe Orthopaedic Clinic in Inglewood, Calif.

Heiser was paralyzed in an accident in Hawaii in the summer of 1990 and no longer works as an operating physician, but continues to champion a career as an orthopaedic physician, utilizing his exquisite diagnostic knowledge and experience in managing the care of his patients. He also continues as one of the team physicians for the University of Nebraska and assists with the athletic needs of many Lincoln high school athletic programs.

Heiser, who lettered as a Husker football player in 1974 and 1975, is originally from Columbus, Neb., where he was an all-state running back and a starter on the 1972 Class A state championship basketball team. In 2011, Heiser earned the Ron Gustafson Inspiration Award from the Nebraska High School Sports Hall of Fame.

Nancy earned her bachelor’s degree in fine art education in 1976, and taught art in the Omaha Public Schools, the Kansas City Public Schools and the Nelson-Adkins Museum of Art in Kansas City, Mo. A member of the Hixson-Lied College of Fine and Performing Arts Alumni Board at Nebraska, she is a practicing artist and community volunteer. Nancy has served on the board of trustees of Lincoln Pius X High School and has been an active member in the Kappa Kappa Gamma Alumnae Association, the Lancaster County Medical Alliance, Friends of St. Monica’s and the Hildegard Center for the Arts. She has served as a Capital Campaign Fundraiser for the Madonna Rehabilitation Hospital and the Park it at Woods Campaign. She is also on the MEDICI Board at the University of Nebraska.

Tom and Nancy have two sons, Nicholas and Mark.

Inaugurated by the Nebraska Chapter in 1974, the Lyell Bremser Special Merit Award was created to honor a person “with a background of interest in and support of intercollegiate football, who has made a sizeable contribution to society through public service and/or self-sacrifice.”