Somebody likely will ask you the question this week, so we're here to help.
Why didn't Greg Zuerlein, a Lincoln Pius X graduate, become a Nebraska place-kicker? After all, the 31-year-old is good enough to have lasted seven seasons in the NFL. And maybe you saw what happened Sunday: Zuerlein booted a 57-yard field goal in overtime to send the Los Angeles Rams to the Super Bowl with a 26-23 triumph against the New Orleans Saints at the revved up Mercedes-Benz Superdome.
"Legatron" -- apparently one of Zuerlein's nicknames -- drilled a 48-yarder to send the game into overtime.
So, one possible answer to your question: Zuerlein graduated from Pius X in 2006, the same year Alex Henery graduated from Omaha Burke. After sitting out as a redshirt in 2006, Henery enjoyed a perfect place-kicking season in 2007, connecting on all eight field goals and 45 extra points.
In 2005 and 2006, Jordan Congdon was Nebraska's regular place-kicker. The touted San Diego native had earned freshman All-American honors in 2005. But he left the program following the 2006 season for family reasons. Jake Wesch was a sophomore place-kicker for the Huskers in 2006, booting 33 kickoffs.
Henery, of course, went on to have one of the most outstanding careers for a place-kicker in school history.
Zuerlein in 2006 headed to Nebraska-Omaha, where he sat out one season and kicked for three before sitting out the 2010 season with a hip injury. After UNO shut down its football program, Zuerlein tried to go the major-college route, but an NCAA ruling prohibited it. He finished his college career at NCAA Division II Missouri Western, where he was perfect on nine field-goal attempts from 50-plus yards, and twice connected from 58.
The Rams in April of 2012 -- when they were still in St. Louis -- drafted Zuerlein with the first pick of the sixth round (171st overall). At the time, Zuerlein thought he would compete for the starting job with former Husker kicker Josh Brown, who had spent four seasons in the organization. However, Brown was released by the Rams the same day they drafted Zuerlein.
"It's nice to get drafted, but I still have a lot of work to do," Zuerlein told the Journal Star on the day he was selected. "It's the National Football League. If you don't perform each and every day, you're not going to stay long in the league. It's exciting to get drafted. I'm going to enjoy it. But this is just the start of it."
He obviously had no idea what was coming in his career. But boy, he's made his mark as a professional, highlighted by his performance Sunday.
His 57-yard bomb was the longest game-winning field goal in NFL playoff history.