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Wistrom speaks to Huskers

Wistrom speaks to Huskers

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Hey, 1990s: Here we come.

At least, that’s where senior wide receiver Tim Marlowe felt like directing the time machine after listening to former Nebraska All-America defensive end Grant Wistrom address this year’s Husker team Thursday night.

“You are on the edge of your seat when a guy like that is talking,” Marlowe said Friday. “He’s a great guy. He really taught us something last night. We’re just ready to bring back the '90s here at Nebraska.”

Wistrom was part of three national championship Nebraska teams — 1994, 1995 and 1997. It’s a remarkable run that seems impossible to match, but that doesn’t keep fans from yearning.

“Coming here, we obviously hear about the '90s all the time — rightfully so,” Marlowe said. “Winning three national championships, those guys are legends here. Any time one of them comes back, we know to show them the respect. When they’re talking, you sit down and listen. You take it all in. Grant gave a great speech last night and really, really fired us up for fall camp.”

Wistrom spoke to coaches and players for about an hour, then took questions.

His general message?

“How important his teammates were to him,” senior tight end Ben Cotton said. “(That’s) the whole reason he played the way that he did, a hundred miles an hour, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. It didn’t matter. He was about doing everything he could for his teammates.

“It wasn’t for the fans, it wasn’t to impress the media, it wasn’t to get to the NFL. It wasn’t for anyone else but his teammates and family. He wanted to make them proud.”

And teammates, Wistrom told players, need to hold each other accountable.

“There’s only so much a coach can do with a player,” Marlowe said. “It’s all about what the players do with each other — holding each other accountable when you’re out there on the field, and not taking any plays off because you know the guy next to you is busting his butt every single play.

“We know our coach is going to set us up in the right spots. It’s what we do with it.”

Reach Brian Rosenthal at 402-473-7436 or brosenthal@journalstar.com. You can follow him on Twitter @HuskerExtraBR.

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