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2010 May 26
30/1980 BEST PLAYERS: No. 4
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No. 4 Defensive End Grant Wistrom (1994-1997)
One of the great, consummate winners and leaders in Husker history, Wistrom’s impact was immediate from the time he stepped on campus. Though he didn’t start as a freshman, he was an intergral part of NU’s first national title in more than 20 years with 36 tackles and 4.5 sacks. He didn’t miss a start in 1995, 1996 or 1997, and lost only two games in his career. He won the 1997 Lombardi Trophy despite teams game-planning to stop his relentless edge pass rush. He’s now in the College Football Hall of Fame, and his career numbers - 206 tackles, 58.5 tackles for loss, 26.5 sacks - are amazing for a guy who had to share those stats with one incredible defensive teammate after another.
Wistrom’s best attribute? His motor. He simply never stopped. He could crash and collapse a pocket, sometimes on the same play. He was also a two-time Academic All-American. There just isn’t a lot Wistrom didn’t do in his time on campus. He maximized every ounce of his talent, and found a little in reserve. He has three Sears Trophies to show for it.
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