Husker Dan: More on the Tunnel Walk
Several of you (and you know who you are) responded to my recent column about the idea of changing the longtime Husker Tunnel Walk music (some contend the music is outdated) to something brand new-something to start the Scott Frost Era on the right foot.
Although there are many who want to keep the music as it is, there are also quite a few who favor making a change.
As I’ve often said I’m a traditionalist, but in this case, if a better piece of music can be found, I wouldn’t object to “updating” the current Tunnel Walk music.
Here are some of the songs readers have suggested as a replacement:
LAST OF THE MOHICANS
THE DARK KNIGHT
RISE OF AN EMPIRE
MAN OF STEEL
WAR MUSIC COLLECTION
TWO STEPS FROM HELL BATTLE CRY
EMPIRE OF ANGELS
BLACK PANTHER THEME
And understand, some of these would need to be edited to be used as the new Tunnel Walk music.
What are your thoughts?
And if there is a new theme song for Husker football, I would suggest that each home game there would be a surprise guest to lead the players onto the field. The identify of the person would be kept secret until he (or she) was introduced just before the team came out on the field.
Special guests could include those people close to the football program, but could also include anyone connected to Nebraska athletics or to the state of Nebraska.
Here’re some of those I think should be considered:
Tom Osborne (who else is better qualified?), Larry The Cable Guy, Warren Buffett, Ndamukong Suh (the NFL has bye weeks), Jan Berringer (mother of the late Brook Berringer), the family of Sam Foltz, the daughter of Dennis Claridge, Clete Blakeman (former Husker QB and current NFL official), Jordan Larson (Husker volleyball great), Dick Cavett (former TV talk show host), Mike Babcock (current expert on the history of Husker football), Charlie McBride (former Husker DC great), Adam Carriker, Will Shields (former Husker OL) and all the former Husker award winners (Heisman, Outland, Butkus etc) just to name a few. I believe the special guests would add another dimension to the Husker Football Game Day Experience.
The idea has my vote. Readers?
IT’S A SMALL WORLD WHEN YOU LIVE IN NEBRASKA
Mrs. Husker Dan and I were having breakfast the other day. We met a lovely lady who lives in Omaha, but who was born and raised in Wahoo, Nebraska. I asked her if she knew Noah Vedral (Husker QB transfer from UCF). She said not only did she know him, she used to babysit him! Small world, indeed!
LAST WORDS WITH #14
Dennis Claridge, former Husker great, died recently. I got a text not long after Dennis had passed. Needless to say, that day was a very sad one for all Husker football fans. It was Claridge’s teams of ’62 and ’63 that began the resurgence of Husker football. To me every pro quarterback should wear Johnny Unitas’ #19 and every Husker quarterback should wear #14. Dennis Claridge was a helluva player. He would have fit into any kind of Husker offense. He was that good.
I met Dennis about seven years ago at a Husker football practice. I couldn’t believe how good he looked. I thought at the time, this guy could suit up and play!
But it wasn’t until late last summer that we finally connected. Our last conversation lasted about an hour. We talked about when he played for Nebraska and when I asked him about his days with the Green Bay Packers and the great Vince Lombardi, he laughed and said, “That’s a conversation for another time!”
He had planned to be at our Husker Fans Salute The Troops autograph session last October. But he cautioned, “I have good days, and I have bad days. If I’m not doing too well, I won’t be there.”
I didn’t realize just how sick he was. Subsequent phone calls to him went unanswered. Sadly #14 is gone.
CLARIDGE’S 68 YARD TD RUN
May you rest in peace, number 14.
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