#Calibraska? More like #Celebraska. The star power added to the parents’ section at Nebraska’s Memorial Stadium this fall doesn’t just have a nice ring to it.
It’s got three.
And not little rings, either — two are from Super Bowl titles and one’s from a Bowl Championship Series national championship.
Oh, yeah. And seven Pro Bowls. No biggie.
“I mean, obviously, they’re recruiting them,” Kade Warner, the newest son of football royalty who’s joining the Nebraska Cornhuskers football program, told Land of 10 late last week. “If all these guys are coming there, it must be a good school, yeah.”
Football people — veteran football people — can be fickle when it comes to other football types. The antennae are always up. They’ve seen it all before, heard it all twice over and can smell bull dung coming at them from about 35 yards away.
But besides mad skills and famous dads, the sons of Keyshawn Johnson (three Pro Bowls), Les Miles and now Kurt Warner (four Pro Bowls) — Kade, a wide receiver, pledged to the Huskers as a preferred walk-on late last Thursday night — are lumped into the same 2017 class at the same school at the same time for a reason:
“Coach Riley is a players’ coach,” Les Miles, the venerated coach himself and a national title-winner in 2007 at LSU, told Land of 10. “He spent a lot of quality time with Ben.”
Ben Miles is a 3-star H-back/fullback out of Baton Rouge (La.) Catholic. Keyshawn Johnson Jr. is a 3-star wideout from Calabasas (Calif.) High. Warner is a 2-star receiver from Scottsdale (Ariz.) Desert Mountain. Different roads. Different backstories. Different resumes.
One destination. One magnet.
“Everybody that knows Mike knows that he’s a real quality person,” the elder Miles continued. “And I kind of reacquainted myself with him and his path in football when we went on his official visit (last December).
“It’s going to be very enjoyable, it’s going to be very fun, to watch (Ben) go around with guys like Mike Riley.”
Here’s Les Miles with a Nebraska hat on since his son, Ben signed with the Cornhuskers pic.twitter.com/HNCWy6A7Bi
— Renato Mazariegos (@RPMSports18) February 1, 2017
Among football people, trust is a two-way street. Huskers wideout J.D. Spielman, son of Minnesota Vikings general manager Rick Spielman and nephew of former Ohio State linebacker Chris Spielman, was part of the Big Red’s class of 2016. Wide receiver Ne’Land Smith, son of ex-Huskers great Neil Smith, walked on to the program last spring.
#Celebraska: Home of Arbor Day and killer gridiron legacies.
That kind of trust isn’t given, sight unseen.
“I’m just glad to be on a team with these guys,” Kade Warner said. “I hope they compete and I can’t wait to be a part of their family, too.”