Explain to you what a Cornhusker is as it relates to the Nebraska football program.
Although Nebraska football fans haven’t had much to cheer about since Bo Pelini was fired, they do have a passionate fan base, as well as one of the most unique nicknames in college sports: Cornhusker. .
The University of Nebraska-Lincoln is well known across the country for having a terrific athletic program. Although Nebraska is one of the least populated states for its size in the country, the football program has long been its cornerstone. The football team has won five national championships in its history under the two iconic head coaches Bob Devaney and Tom Osborne.
But for those who don’t know why the team goes by the Cornhusker moniker, let’s explain.
Nebraska football mascot, explained: What is a Cornhusker?
To put it simply, a Cornhusker is a person who harvests corn by removing the husk. Before advances in agricultural technology, people did it by hand. Agriculture is a very important part of Nebraska’s economy. Over time, the nickname Cornhusker has become synonymous with people from Nebraska, similar to people from the state of Indiana called Hoosiers.
When it comes to the university adopting this moniker, there were a ton of interesting predecessors before it. Previous nicknames included the Antelopes, Old Gold Knights, Bugeaters, and Mankilling Mastodons. Although the University of Nebraska at Kearney adopted the nickname Antelopes, imagine if the UNL went by the Bugeaters or the Mastodons!
While both of these nicknames are downright hilarious, Cornhuskers fit the bill perfectly. It originated from a newspaper article headline after an upset victory over Iowa in 1893: “We’ve Met the Cornhuskers and They’re Ours.” It was first applied by Cy Sherman of the Nebraska State Journal in 1899. The nickname was officially adopted by the university the following season in 1900.
As far as field mascots go, they had an absolutely terrifying thing known as the Corncob Man back in the 1950s. accompanied by Lil Red. While Herbie Husker was to be replaced by the ever-popular Lil Red, they have happily co-existed as two Nebraska mascots since 1994.
Eventually, this college football blue blood will find glory again, no matter how long it takes…
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