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Husker practice, 8.6.13

Nebraska offensive linemen Jeremiah Sirles (left) and Spencer Long put in work during practice on Aug. 6, 2013, at Hawks Championship Center.

A pair of former Nebraska football players and NFL veterans are teaming up along with community members to help first responders and people in need in the wake of historic flooding. 

Spencer Long and Jeremiah Sirles are putting on a dinner in Schuyler on Thursday night, and they've got plenty of help. 

Long wrote in a Twitter message on Wednesday that he along with Jeremiah and Emma Sirles are working with Whitetails Unlimited, the Soltero Family and the Colfax County attorney's office to cater a dinner from 5-7 p.m. at the Oak Ballroom. 

"If you are a first responder, state patrol, police officer, National Guard or any of the hundreds of volunteers that have worked tirelessly to help during this tough time this invitation is for you," Long wrote. "If you have been displaced or had any issues with the flooding this invitation is for you. If you just need someone to talk to, pray with, or you are just in need of a hug or a warm handshake, this invitation is for you." 

Long, an Elkhorn High graduate, just signed a three-year contract with the Buffalo Bills and was a 2014 third-round draft pick after his Husker career. Sirles is a Coloardo native, but played at Nebraska before signing as an undrafted free agent with the San Diego Chargers in 2014. He's now also with the Buffalo Bills. 

Contact the writer at pgabriel@journalstar.com or 402-473-7439. On Twitter @HuskerExtraPG.

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Parker joined the Journal Star as the University of Nebraska football beat writer in August 2017. He previously covered Montana State athletics for the Bozeman Daily Chronicle and graduated from the University of Wisconsin in 2012.

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