One of the largest private collection of Husker memorabilia hits the auction block today. These items belonged to the late Don “The Fox” Bryant, the longtime sports information director for the University of Nebraska. His son, Bill Bryant says the family decided to part with several hundred items and there are a few standouts.
Bryant says, “The 1941 signed football from the Rose Bowl. It was given to my dad by one of the players to put in a Hall of Fame museum and they’ve really not decided to do a Hall of Fame museum. It has a letter from the daughter and it is all signed by the Nebraska team and that was a great event.”
Another item is Fox’s lucky coin collection. For many years people who would find coins throughout the week would give them to Fox. He would then wrap them in an envelope and mark the game and year. Coach Bob Devaney or an assistant coach would carry it around.
Bryant says his father had a museum in the corner of his basement for many years. His parents lived in the same house for more than 60 years and the collection kept growing and it is time to part with some of them. Proceeds from the auction will benefit a scholarship fund for the University of Nebraska Foundation.
Other items that will hit the auction block today include autographed tickets, framed pictures, jerseys, signed footballs, mugs, glass, programs, baseballs and bats. The auction starts at 6 p.m. at the Shrine building at 1050 Saltillo Road in Lincoln. Doors open at 3 p.m.