Johnny “The Jet” Rodgers is seeking a full pardon from Nebraska. The Heisman Trophy winner was sentenced to and completed two years probation for a gas station robbery in 1970.
Rodgers says it was the last day of his freshman year at the University of Nebraska Lincoln when he and several friends were drinking and went looking for excitement. He says when they stopped to get gas he decided to rob the service station. It wasn’t until a year later he was questioned about the robbery and admitted to the crime. He says when he completed the two years probation his civil rights were returned. He credits Coach Bob Devaney and fellow Huskers for helping him through that very rough period in his life.
Forty years later Rodgers is hoping the state of Nebraska will grant him a full pardon for his crime. He says he hopes the Pardons Board will consider his many years of mentoring and working with youth helps make up for a very bad decision he made as a teenager.
Rodgers request is on the Pardons Board agenda for October 8th.