Nebraska football great Johnny Rodgers is being honored by his hometown of Omaha. The city council Tuesday voted to rename Burt Street between 30th and 33rd in honor of the University of Nebraska’s first Heisman Trophy winner and for his hard work as a community leader.
In three years with the Huskers, the versatile Rodgers amassed and NCAA record of 5,586 all-purpose yards. He also played a key role in college football’s “Game of the Century” in 1971 when he returned a punt 72 yards for the first touchdown in Nebraska’s 35-31 win at Oklahoma.
Rodgers authored a book entitled “An Era of Greatness” about the Nebraska football program during his playing days . He continues to live in Omaha and is well known for mentoring youth, promoting youth sports and leadership programs.