Nebraska athletics announced its 2018 Hall of Fame class on Monday: Tom Osborne, Bob Devaney, Darin Erstad, Peaches James, Sarah Pavan, Mike Rozier and Tom Schlesinger.
It’s a star-studded group, no doubt. Osborne is a man who needs no introduction, but his credentials are the following: three-time national championship-winning head coach, athletic director and assistant coach for Nebraska football. He spent more than 40 years with the Huskers, and is an adviser for new head coach Scott Frost.
Devaney was Osborne’s predecessor as Nebraska’s head football coach. He won two national titles of his own, and served as athletic director for 26 seasons after his term as head football coach ended.
For those wondering why the likes of Tom Osborne and Bob Devaney aren't already in the Nebraska Athletics HOF .. this is only the fourth year of its existence, and the first for coaches. #Huskers
— Brian Rosenthal (@GBRosenthal) April 9, 2018
Erstad set a Nebraska baseball career hits record with 261 and was the No. 1 pick in the 1995 MLB Draft after spending three seasons with the Huskers. He was also a punter on Nebraska’s 1994 national title team, and has been Nebraska baseball’s coach since 2012.
James is one of Nebraska softball’s best pitchers ever. She had a 98-38 record from 2001-04, and her 44 shutouts still stand as a program record. Her No. 42 jersey is retired by Nebraska softball.
Pavan was a first-team All-American in each of her four years for Nebraska volleyball, winning national player of the year in 2006. With her on the team from 2004-07, the Huskers made two national championship games and secured one title. She took up beach volleyball after her Nebraska career and competed for Team Canada in the Rio 2016 Olympics.
Rozier is Nebraska’s all-time leading rusher. He rushed for 4,780 yards in 35 games for the Huskers, and made two Pro Bowls in seven NFL seasons. His No. 30 is retired by Nebraska football.
Schlesinger won two individual NCAA championships, including the all-around title in 1987. A year later, he was named the nation’s top gymnast as the Huskers won the national championship. After a career in which he was named All-American seven times, Schlesinger was an alternate on the 1988 U.S. men’s Olympic team. He was inducted into the United States Gymnastics Hall of Fame in 2006.
The class will be formally inducted on Sept. 7.