Former Nebraska football center, Bill Ziegelbein, who walked on for the Nebraska football team and earned a starting role at center in 1990-91, died this past Thursday in a motorcycle accident in South Dakota.
The 44-year old and his wife Colleen Sue (White) Allick were riding a motorcycle when it crashed north of White River, S.D. The couple were riding on U.S. 83. It was unclear if they were taking part in the nearby Sturgis motorcycle rally. According to the South Dakota Highway Patrol, the motorcycle left the road on a curve, rolled into a ditch, and struck a post. Both were thrown from the motorcycle and both were wearing helmets.
Ziegelbein died at the scene. His wife, 43, suffered life-threatening injuries and was listed in fair condition after rescue responders took her to the hospital in Rosebud, S.D. She is recovering from those injuries.
The couple had eight children from previous relationships. Ziegelbein played in 24 games during his career, including 11 as a fifth-year senior in 1991. Funeral services are pending at Wyuka Funeral Home & Cemetery
Correction to the story: Both Bill Ziegelbein and his wife Colleen were wearing helmets at the time of the crash.