Husker Athletic Traditions

Husker Athletic


Nebraska Volleyball Perennial Postseason Power

The Nebraska volleyball has a rich tradition of not only reaching the NCAA tournament but advancing – five years in a row, the Huskers have advanced to the regional stage. In 2015, the team won its fourth national title.


1904 Husker Football Team

Nebraska Husker Football

has always stood for excellence both on and off the field. From winning two of three games against Notre Dame’s famed Four Horsemen in the 1920s, to the five national championships won since 1970, Husker football has always been the centerpiece of Nebraska spirit. But it doesn’t end there. The Nebraska tradition of excellence extends across the entire athletic department and campus.

The University of Nebraska’s first football game was played on Thanksgiving Day in 1890 against the YMCA team in Omaha. Nebraska won 10-0. Since that humble start, the Huskers have won five national championships and 43 conference titles. Nebraska football has enjoyed 53 years of home sellouts at Memorial Stadium entering the 2017 season—an NCAA-record streak of 354 consecutive games.

Cornhusker marching band performing at a game

The Cornhusker Marching Band/Marching Red

Founded in 1879, the Marching Red is one of the oldest and most well-known collegiate marching bands in the United States. The Cornhusker band has made several international tours, visiting continental Europe and Ireland. The Cornhusker Marching Band has been the recipient of many honors over the years, including the John Philip Sousa Foundation’s Sudler Trophy. The Sudler Trophy is presented annually to a college marching band program that has demonstrated particular excellence over a period of years. In 2005, the band was featured on the NBC prime time series Tommy Lee Goes to College and in 2007 on ABC’s Extreme Makeover: Home Edition.

COSIDA Academic all-americans

Nebraska’s rich tradition of academic excellence is solidified on the national level through the university’s dominance of the CoSIDA Academic All-American awards. University of Nebraska-Lincoln student-athletes from all teams and all sports combined far outdistance any other school in the U.S.. Nebraska has a nation-leading total of 329 CoSIDA Academic All-Americans—58 more than No. 2 MIT.

* As of June 26, 2017


First used by a sportswriter, Nebraska’s century-old official nickname supplanted Bugeaters, Tree Planters, and Rattlesnake Boys, among others. It is commonly shortened to “Huskers.”