Published Wednesday, November 6, 2013 AT 5:11 PM / Updated at 12:27 AM
NAIA renames national championship trophy after Tom Osborne
Big Red Today Omaha World-Herald

Tom Osborne is known to most for coaching Nebraska football’s national championship teams, leading the Husker athletic department and serving in the U.S. House of Representatives.

But before that, he was a three-sport student-athlete at Hastings College. And now he’s the namesake of a national championship football trophy.

At Wednesday’s inaugural Champions of Character Foundation Awards Luncheon in Kansas City — where Osborne was the keynote speaker — the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics unveiled the new trophy in honor of Osborne’s “embodiment of the success of this character and leadership training.”

“The NAIA is excited to unveil the Tom Osborne National Championship Trophy, in honor of one of our most prominent former student-athletes,” said NAIA President and CEO Jim Carr in a press release.

Osborne, No. 73 in our Nebraska 100 series, competed in football, basketball, and the discus throw. After playing quarterback at Hastings College, Osborne moved to wide receiver with the NFL’s 49ers and Redskins.

He was named the 1955 Athlete of the Year by The World-Herald as a three-sports star at Hastings High School.

See our Tom Osborne timeline here.

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