Published on 04-15-2015 01:48 AM
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I've got a handful of post-Spring Scrimmage thoughts I'd like to share, but I want to focus on the two biggest Husker stories of the week:
Former Husker linebacker and broadcaster Adrian Fiala passes away at age 67.
Adrian Fiala was a standout linebacker on the Bob Devaney teams of the late 1960s. Although he graduated just before Nebraska won back-to-back national championships, he is widely credited for helping to elevate the team's play from 6-4 mediocrity to a 9-2 team on the cusp of greatness. Fiala was a two-sport standout, serving as a catcher on the Nebraska Baseball team.
But for most Nebraska fans, Fiala's biggest impact was as a broadcaster. He was a fixture in the Husker broadcast booth between the end of the Pavelka/Sadlemeyer era and the current Sharpe/Davison team. He was a fixture on NET's Big Red Wrap-up show. He was blessed with a deep, booming voice, a humble folksy charm, and a level of preparation that inspired his colleagues. When you think of the greatest Husker moments between 1996 and 2010 - Stuntz to Crouch, Alex Henery's 57 yard field goal, and countless others - you could count on Adrian Fiala sharing your excitement and enthusiasm in the radio booth. Was he a homer for Dear Old Nebraska U? You bet your backside he was, and I never heard him apologize for supporting his home state alma mater with everything he had.