Tigers surprised by visit from Osborne

Former Husker football coach and Hastings High graduate
Tom Osborne speaks to Hastings High and Hastings Middle
School football players about leadership while visiting the
school Friday afternoon.

The most famous player to ever wear the orange and black Tiger uniform made a surprise visit to talk with players on the Hastings High football team Friday afternoon.

Former Nebraska football coach Tom Osborne stopped by his old high school to talk with the team after they capped off a week of practice.

In his 25-minute speech, Osborne told some behind-the-scenes stories about his most successful football teams. The three things Osborne wanted the players to take away from his speech were his examples of leadership, commitment and sacrifice.

Fifty-nine years removed from wearing the orange and black himself, Osborne surprised the players when he opened his speech by mentioning the recent woes the program experienced.
He pointed to the championship banners hanging in the North Gym.

"I want to talk to you about tradition. There's some here, but probably not a lot of recent tradition," Osborne said. "The question is, 'Where do you guys want to take it? Where do you go from here?' That depends on you.

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