So what exactly is a cornhusker?

I’ll tell you what a cornhusker is when it comes to Nebraska’s football program.

While Nebraska football fans haven’t had much to celebrate since Bo Pelini’s firing, they do have a passionate fan base as well as one of the most unique nicknames in college sports: Cornhusker.

The University of Nebraska-Lincoln is nationally known for its excellent athletic program. Though Nebraska is one of the most sparsely populated states in the nation for its size, its football program has long been its cornerstone. The football team has won five national championships in its history under the two legendary head coaches Bob Devaney and Tom Osborne.

But for those who aren’t sure why the team is rallying behind the Cornhusker moniker, let us explain.

Nebraska Football Mascot Explained: What Is a Cornhusker?

simply put, A cornhusker is a person who harvests corn by removing the husk. Before advances in farming technology, this was done by hand. Agriculture is a very important part of Nebraska’s economy. Over time, the Cornhusker nickname has become synonymous with people originating in Nebraska, much like people from the state of Indiana who are called Hoosiers.

When it comes to the university adopting this as a nickname, there were a lot of interesting predecessors before that. Previous nicknames have included the Antelopes, the Old Gold Knights, the Bugeaters, and the Mankilling Mastodons. Although the University of Nebraska at Kearney has adopted the Antelope nickname, imagine if UNL had passed the Bugeaters or the Mastodons!

While both of those nicknames are downright hilarious, the Cornhuskers fits perfectly. It originated from the headline of a newspaper article after an angered victory over Iowa in 1893: “We Have Met The Cornhuskers And They Are Ours.” It was first applied by Cy Sherman of the Nebraska State Journal in 1899. The nickname was officially adopted by the university the following season in 1900.

As for the mascots on the field, back in the 1950s they had an absolutely terrifying thing called the Corncob Man. Over time, Corncob Man was essentially replaced by Herbie Husker, and later joined by Lil Red. While Herbie Husker was supposed to be replaced by the ever-popular Lil Red, they’ve been living happily together as the two Nebraska mascots since 1994.

Eventually, this college football blueblood will return to glory no matter how long it takes…

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John Verrall

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