The Durham Museum
 

 

The Legends….The Stories….The Greats of Omaha Football
August 28, 2010 - January 16, 2011

100 Yards of Glory offers visitors a rare look at the celebrated and untold stories of Omaha’s football past, dating back to the University of Nebraska’s first football game, a 10-0 victory against the Omaha YMCA men’s team in 1890. From there, the exhibit explores the games, the players, the coaches, and the trophies that have defined football excellence in our community for 120 years, spanning the high school, collegiate and professional ranks. 100 Yards of Glory will be on exhibit at The Durham now through January 16, 2011 and is sponsored by Dick and Diane Westin with media support provided by WOWT, Channel 6.

100 Yards of Glory weaves together the stories of Heisman Trophy winners Eric Crouch, Johnny Rodgers, and Nile Kinnick, along with decorated center Dave Rimington and also examines the off-field struggles of African-American quarterbacks Wilburn Hollis and Marlin Briscoe who succeeded in a position few coaches thought men of color could play. The exhibit highlights great Omaha coaches Al Caniglia, Skip Palrang, and Don Leahy and tells of brilliant games and seasons like University of Nebraska – Omaha’s amazing 1954 Tangerine Bowlwinning season. Other great football moments honored are the zero-zero tie between Creighton Prep and Central High School after which both teams were declared co-state champions and the University of Nebraska Cornhuskers’ first game ever; that game wasn’t played in Lincoln, but was played here in Omaha. 100 Yards of Glory chronicles Gale Sayers - the ‘Kansas Comet’ and Omaha native, Joe Arenas - UNO alum and San Francisco 49ers great, and John ‘Slingshot’ Knolla - one of the last great players at Creighton University before World War II ended the program forever.

Vote for the best football players ever to come out of Omaha. WOWT, Channel 6 Sports Director, Ross Jernstrom selected who he believes are the all-time top 50 Omaha players. Rank who you believe are the top 11! Click the green button to place your votes! Click here to read biographies of the players on Ross' list.