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08.30.2010 / 100 Yards of Glory at The Durham Museum

100 Yards of Glory will offer visitors a rare look at the celebrated and untold stories of football in Omaha, dating back to the first football game at the University of Nebraska, a 10 to 0 victory against the Omaha YMCA team in 1890. The exhibit will explore the games, the players, the coaches, and the trophies that have defined football excellence in our community for 120 years, spanning the high school, collegiate and professional ranks.

"The exhibit will explore the games, the players, the coaches, and the trophies that have defined football excellence in our community for 120 years."

100 Yards of Glory weaves together the stories of Heisman Trophy winners Eric Crouch, Johnny Rodgers, and Nile Kinnick, along with decorated center Dave Rimmington and also examines the off-field struggles of African-American quarterbacks Wilburn Hollis and Marlon Briscoe who succeeded in a position few coaches thought men of color could play. The exhibit highlights great Omaha coaches Al Caniglia, Skip Palrang, and Don Leahy and tells of brilliant games and seasons like University of Nebraska- Omaha’s amazing 1954 Tangerine Bowl-winning season. Other great football moments honored are the zero-zero tie between Creighton Prep and Central High School after which both teams were declared co-state champions and the University of Nebraska Cornhuskers’ first game ever; that game wasn’t played in Lincoln, but was played here in Omaha.

During the exhibition, football fans are encouraged to visit http://www.durhammuseum.org/ and cast their vote for the best football players ever to come out of Omaha.

100 Yards of Glory will be on exhibit at the Durham August 28th through January 16, 2011. Visit http://www.durhammuseum.org/ for more information.

What are your most memorable football games from Nebraska history? Let us know in the comment field below.

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