Scott Frost’s return to Nebraska has plenty of Huskers fans excited, but one U.S. congressman from Nebraska is going a step further. He thinks it’s going to help America.
Congressman Jeff Fortenberry dropped an op-ed in the Omaha World-Herald on Friday discussing Frost’s importance to Nebraska and Nebraska’s importance to the rest of the country. He did not hold back on his love for the Huskers.
#Nebraska and the nation need the #Huskers to win in football, @JeffFortenberry writes in today's Midlands Voices. Their sustained excellence gives Americans a sense that "guts and determination, tradition and honor, still matter." https://t.co/AEWXe0MNJD
— World-Herald Opinion (@OWHopinion) December 22, 2017
Fortenberry, who was born in Baton Rouge, La., and attended LSU, has represented Nebraska’s 1st congressional district since his election in 2004. He’s all-in on the Huskers’ importance to America and the example they set when they were among college football’s elites.
Football means something to America. And an epic program such as Nebraska’s means something even more. As I said to one national media outlet, “America needs Nebraska to win.” It is about respect for the Cornhuskers and their culture of excellence. It’s about our big, corn-fed linemen, our hard-nosed backs and our tradition of receivers who actually block. We help give America a sense that guts and determination, tradition and honor still matter.
Fortenberry also throws in a long quote from Teddy Roosevelt later, as well as a remembrance of the Huskers coming up just short of the 1984 national championship against Miami.