Published Wednesday, April 18, 2012 AT 10:50 PM / Updated at 10:50 PM
Video: ‘Mr. Football’ enshrined Thursday
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World-Herald columnist Tom Shatel wrote about KFAB legend Lyell Bremser on Thursday. Bremser, the memorable voice behind some of the most famous moments in NU football history that took place during his 45 years in the booth, is set to be inducted into the Omaha Sports Hall of Fame on Thursday.

A few fun facts about Bremser:

>> Bremser is most associated with his call of the 1971 “Game of the Century” at Oklahoma.
>> He was vice president and general manager of KFAB for years during a time when it was one of the most successful stations in the country.
>> His last game in the booth was the 1984 Nebraska-Miami Orange Bowl, and one of the last plays he called was Osborne going for two. When he retired, The World-Herald referred to him as “Mr. Football.”

Bremser will be joined in the induction class by Al Caniglia (Omaha University football coach), Tom Jaworski (Creighton Prep football coach), Kelly Lindsey (Millard North and Notre Dame University soccer player), Red McManus (Creighton University basketball coach), Erick Strickland (Three-sport athlete at Bellevue West, basketball player at Nebraska and in the NBA), and the 1982 Omaha Westside football team.

Check out some of Bremser’s memorable calls in the YouTube videos below:

>> Video: Johnny Rodgers’ punt return in the “Game of the Century” (1971 Nebraska vs. Oklahoma):

>> Video: 1970 Nebraska vs. Southern California:

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Comments

  1. joey says:

    Yawn… more golden years.

  2. Dale says:

    My brother and I used to mow his mothers lawn in Dow City, Ia as kids

  3. Terence Conway says:

    In 1939 Omaha McDevitts representing Omaha American Legion Post # 1 from Creighton Prep won the American Legion Championship. They were the only team from Omaha to ever win a National Championship and should be in the Omaha Sports Hall of Fame. If not individually then as a special team honor. What do you think?

  4. A Fan says:

    Bremser’s call of Rodgers punt return matches the play on the field. An extremely rare moment. I’m glad I’m old enough to have heard it live.

  5. John says:

    Every time I hear that call of the Johnny Rodgers return I am simply blown away. To be able to do that on the spot, unscripted, was a rare moment of broadcasting perfection. I’m 27 years old, wasn’t even alive, but all things considered I think it was the greatest sports call of all time.

  6. Kooch says:

    Bremser’s call of the Rodgers punt return was so much better than the TV call by Chris Schenkel–he practically slept through one of the most exciting plays in college football history.

    1. curt313 says:

      Schenkel slept through it because he was sitting next to the ex-Oklahoma coach, Bud Wilkinson. Probably didn’t want to hurt his feelings. Listen to that broadcast– very few of NU’s plays were described as great, while every three yard dive OU had was phenomenal.

  7. NUCORNDEVIL says:

    Should name the skybox after Lyell.