Beginning Sunday at the Durham Museum in Omaha, a great exhibit will open to celebrate the history of football in Omaha. It’s called “100 Yards of Glory” and starts with the first ever football game in Omaha back in 1890. A 10-0 win by the University of Nebraska over the Omaha YMCA men’s team. The exhibit covers high school, college and the pros.
I got this right off the Museum’s website, better explaining the exhibit. Stories of Heisman Trophy winners Eric Crouch, Johnny Rodgers, and Nile Kinnick, along with decorated center Dave Rimmington and also examines the off-field struggles of African-American quarterbacks Wilburn Hollis and Marlon Briscoe who succeeded in a position few coaches thought men of color could play. The exhibit highlights great Omaha coaches Al Caniglia, Skip Palrang, and Don Leahy and tells of brilliant games and seasons like University of Nebraska – Omaha’s amazing 1954 Tangerine Bowlwinning season. Other great football moments honored are the zero-zero tie between Creighton Prep and Central High School after which both teams were declared co-state champions and the University of Nebraska Cornhuskers’ first game ever; that game wasn’t played in Lincoln, but was played here in Omaha.
You can also go to the website and cast your vote for the best football player to come out of Omaha.
Admission is $7 for adults, $6 for senior 62+ and kids (3-12) are $5.