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Wiegert will officially join the College Football Hall of Fame

Wiegert will officially join the College Football Hall of Fame

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Outland Trophy winner and Nebraska great Zach Wiegert when he is inducted into the college football hall of fame on tuesday night, his name will be enshrined forever among the college football royals. Wiegert is part of the 21-man College Football Hall of Fame Class of 2022 that will be honored at the National Football Foundation’s dinner in Las Vegas on Tuesday night.

The 2022 Hall of Fame includes nine major college award winners, 10 unanimous first-team All-Americans and four members of national championship teams. Wiegert is the only member of the 2022 College Football Hall of Fame to be part of four conference championship teams.

Wiegert is the 20th Nebraska player to be inducted into the College Hall of Fame. Nebraska is one of 12 programs nationally with 20 or more players in the College Football Hall of Fame. Wiegert is the seventh offensive lineman from Nebraska to join the College Football Hall of Fame, including four coach Tom Osborne and offensive line coach Milt Tenopiro.

Nebraska has a total of 26 Hall members, including six coaches, and Wiegert became the eighth Husker to be inducted since 2006. Other recent draftees: Eric Crouch (2020), Aaron Taylor (2018), Trev Alberts (2015), Tommy Frazier (2013). ), Will Shields (2011), Grant Wistrom (2009), and Mike Rozier (2006).

Wiegert was the first unanimous in 1994team All-American and is one of eight Huskers to win the Outland Trophy. Wiegert helped lead the Huskers to the 1994 national championship after NU played in the 1993 title game. In 1994, the Huskers averaged 340 yards per game and Wiegert led Nebraska with 113 pancake blocks.

Leader of the famous “Nebraska Pipeline”, Wiegert earned one first place for the Heisman, finishing ninth with 27 points. In addition to winning at Outland, he was a Lombardi Award finalist, consensus All-American, UPI Lineman of the Year and Touchdown Club of Columbus Offensive Lineman of the Year. His No. 72 jersey was retired prior to the 1995 season.

After his college career, Wiegert was selected in the second round of the NFL draft by the St. Louis Rams. He went on to play 12 seasons with the Rams, Jaguars and Texans and started 137 times in 145 games played. Wiegert now lives in Omaha and works in commercial real estate.

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