Tom Osborne: A Legacy Beyond The Game Coming Aug. 6

News Release Date: 
July 27, 2017

For Immediate Release
‘Tom Osborne: A Legacy Beyond The Game’ Coming to NET

LINCOLN, Neb. (July 27, 2017) – NET’s newest documentary “Tom Osborne: A Legacy Beyond The Game,” premieres at 7 p.m. CT, Sunday, Aug. 6, on NET and looks back at the milestones from the legendary Nebraskan’s life.

Shining a light on Tom Osborne’s impressive contributions to Nebraska, sportscaster Kevin Kugler sits down with Osborne for an intimate personal interview which covers his 25 record-breaking years as University of Nebraska-Lincoln head football coach, his political career and decades of service to young people. The television special will repeat at 7 p.m. CT, Tuesday, Aug. 8, on NET.

The one-on-one interview dives deep into the life and legacy of the icon, using his own honest words to tell his story. “I didn’t plan to ever be a coach. I don’t know why, I just never … I do know that athletics was certainly a big part of my life and something that was important to me,” Osborne said.

Tom Osborne: A Legacy Beyond the Game 	Sunday 7pm CT

Starting from the beginning, Osborne talks about his upbringing in Hastings, his dad’s return from World War II, his time at Hastings College, being drafted by the San Francisco 49ers and playing for the Washington Redskins. Returning to Lincoln in 1962, he wrote a letter to new head football coach Bob Devaney asking to be a graduate assistant in his program. When Devaney stepped down in 1972 to handle athletic director duties full time, he named Osborne his successor.

Memorable Cornhusker games are also covered including the controversial two-point conversion attempt during the 1984 Orange Bowl and the back-to-back national football championships in 1994 and 1995.

“We had a lot of things working in our favor.  I’d say just some of the players were truly exceptional. For whatever reason, it seemed like there was so much pride in the program. There were guys who would be on the scout team for four years and be glad to be there, just to be part of it and get a letter at the end of four years. I think that’s what made us exceptional, because you see a lot of teams that are talented, but the thing that puts you over the top is chemistry and unity of purpose,” Osborne explained.

The new television documentary also covers Osborne’s service as a three-term congressman and his unsuccessful attempt to win the 2006 Republican gubernatorial primary. In 2007, he was asked to return to the University of Nebraska to re-establish the core values of the athletic department.  

The interview also covers Tom and Nancy Osborne’s creation of TeamMates in 1991, which came from their desire to help guide young people. From football players who originally volunteered to meet with middle school students in the Lincoln Public Schools more than 25 years ago, the mentoring organization has grown steadily and now matches nearly 8,000 youth with adult mentors in 135 chapters across Nebraska and Iowa.

When asked about his legacy, Osborne shared his common-sense approach to life’s accomplishments. “I think that worrying about your legacy gets in the way of your legacy. If you’re doing things for your legacy, you may not be doing them for the right reasons. You live every day the best you can and you do the best you can,” he said.

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CONTACT: Mary J. Winquest, mjwinquest@netNebraska.org or (402) 470-6247.

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