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Letter: Finding wisdom in football

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Ohio State vs. Nebraska, 11.6

Nebraska coach Scott Frost (left) and Huskers athletic director Trev Alberts briefly embrace before the game against Ohio State on Nov. 6 at Memorial Stadium.

I trust Big Red football is headed in the right direction with Athletic Director Trev Alberts and Coach Scott Frost.

My concern is for Husker Nation and the unhealthy critical atmosphere that has crept into the coffee shops and media.

In earlier cultures, the "gray hairs” were respected for their wisdom and insight. What might they teach us?

John G. Neihardt, after listening to a friend complaining for hours about current conditions, asked him to take equal time expressing gratitude for his life's happenings.

Bob Devaney supposedly once noted that 800 million people in China "don't give a damn whether Nebraska wins or loses."

Papa Bear George Halas said, “Today, with heartache and turmoil surrounding us, a man’s courage can easily fail him. We must never despair, for despair is no good for any of us."

And Vince Lombardi said, "for the great game of football and for the salubrious effect it has on millions of fans in America, my appeal is to do all you can to enhance the climate for football. We don’t need detractors; we do need football in America."

Finally, any real Nebraska fan knows of professor and Renaissance man Hartley Burr Alexander. He penned, “Not the victory but the action; Not the goal but the game; In the deed the glory."

What deed of glory can you do today? Consider reflecting, taking a deep breath, loosening your belt or lending a hand. When’s the last time you wrote a thank-you note?

Randy Lukasiewicz, Omaha

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