Grant Wistrom, arguably the greatest defender ever to play at Nebraska, was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2009.
Tuesday, Wistrom welcomed Tommie Frazier into the fraternity.
“I couldn’t be happier for the guy, as much as he meant to Nebraska football,” Wistrom said. “Very few people can do what he did, and will do what he did. It’s well-deserved recognition, and it’s great to have another Husker in there.”
Wistrom was a sophomore in 1995 when Frazier was a senior. Offensive players and defensive players often exist in separate worlds, in large part. Wistrom said he doesn’t remember much interaction with Frazier. After all, Wistrom was a young buck, Frazier a veteran.
In fact, Wistrom didn’t even know that Frazier never was a captain. He was startled when told Tuesday.
“I don’t remember a great deal about Tommie other than he was always prepared to play,” Wistrom said. “You never questioned what you were going to get when he stepped on the field, and that was his best.
“I think any time you can have a teammate like that, especially at the quarterback position -- a leadership position -- you’re going to be successful. Maybe he was never a captain officially, but he certainly got guys to follow him.”