CRETE — When most Nebraska prep football players are invited to participate in the Shrine Bowl, they have a pretty good idea of what their experience will be like beyond the football game itself. They know the importance of what the game stands for, and it isn’t just making big tackles or fancy touchdowns.
Count former Sutton quarterback Cole Wiseman as one of those players.
But it wasn’t until Wiseman and the rest of his South teammates actually visited the Shriner’s Hospital in Chicago on Wednesday did he realize just how significant the experience would be.
“Once we took that trip to Chicago, it opened our eyes even more. Seeing some of those kids in Chicago made us realize why we’re here. We’re playing for those kids,” he said. “We’ve been hearing the slogan ‘Strong legs run so weak legs can walk’, but (Wednesday) was a really good and humbling experience.”
The visit to Chicago has highlighted a wild week for Wiseman, who is also making a position change leading up to the game on Saturday at 2 p.m. at the University of Nebraska-Kearney’s Ron and Carol Cope Stadium.