Games Unplugged: Rodgers knows his way around garage

2013-06-22T16:30:00Z 2013-06-26T01:04:43Z Games Unplugged: Rodgers knows his way around garageBy the Lincoln Journal Star JournalStar.com
June 22, 2013 4:30 pm  • 

Nebraska star and Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Rodgers: “We used to be around the garage all the time. We had a rope tied to the tree and you had to jump off the roof of the garage and grab the rope and swing and yell. One time, I missed and broke my wrist and missed the Junior Olympics. We also pole vaulted in the backyard with an old bamboo pole. Did a little hole and we all learned to vault. I was a pretty good tumbler and I could jump over this human pyramid and do a front tuck with a forward roll at the end. We got invited to Crossroads in Omaha to do a show and we got our picture in the paper. It said, 'Johnny Rodgers over the top.' The same as when I scored my 50th touchdown against Notre Dame in the Orange Bowl.

"When we weren’t doing that, we were shooting baskets on the rim of the garage or playing football in the streets. It was two-hand touch in the streets, but if you ran to the outside and got in the grass next to the street, it was tackle football. I was always the smallest, youngest guy, but I was hard to tackle back then. The big guys were hard to tackle, too. And with all our sports, like most kids, you could play all day until the street lights came on. Then you went home, but we’d try to play some more basketball in the dark before somebody made us come in the house.”

— Ken Hambleton

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