Husker legend Johnny Rodgers has been granted a pardon from a felony conviction for robbing a gas station, following his freshman year at Nebraska. The Nebraska Board of Pardons made their decision at a hearing on Thursday afternoon.
Rodgers applied for the pardon and his application came with several letters of support for the former Husker running back, including former NU football coach and A.D. Tom Osborne, former coach Donald Benning and Cornhusker State Games Director Tom Ash.
The former Heisman Trophy winner asked for a full pardon on his felony conviction for grand larceny in 1971. He and two other men robbed a gas station attendant, and Rodgers was sentenced to two years’ probation. In June 1973, he was discharged from probation, and his civil rights were “restored the same as though a pardon had been issued.”
Rodgers has had other offenses on his record, according to the Pardons Board report. They include:
1972–charge of driving under license suspension.
1987–felony charges for being in possession of a firearm and assault with a deadly weapon in California. This conviction was later reversed.
1997–driving under the influence conviction in Nebraska.
AUDIO: Johnny Rodgers talks with the media after the Pardons Board hearing. [3:20]