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Remembering A Hero
A ribbon tied to a car outside the
funeral bears the names of
Berringer and Tobey Lake.
More than 1,900 people fill the Max L. Jones Fieldhouse at Goodland High
School for the joint funeral service.
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self a deeply religious person — praised
Berringer’s strong Christian faith.
“It was very rewarding to me personally to
watch Brook’s spiritual turns,” Osborne said.
“He came full circle, and he is at a very good
“There was nobody that I coached that had
better character than Brook Berringer.”
Osborne told the audience he believed ad
versity brought out character. After watching
Berringer start at quarterback for the Huskers
for the first time, the coach said, he felt more at
ease with Berringer leading the team.
Osborne said Jesus came so all might have
life more abundantly.
“That’s what Brook was all about,” Osborne
said. “He knew how to live each day the way it
“I am certainly a better person for knowing
Others also spoke of Berringer’s strong faith.
Art Lindsay, a friend of Berringer’s, said he
and Berringer had shared Bible lessons regu
larly for several months.
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Lindsay also shared in Berringer s growing
faith in Christ. He told stories of Bible studies
Reading from a book he was writing, Lind
say said man does not know the why’s of life.
Those who are saved know the who of life.
“Brook Berringer knew the who, and I re
joice in that,” Lindsay said.
He also remembered watching Berringer
work out recently for pro football scouts in Lin
coln. After the workouts, Lindsay said, he told
Berringer he knew what team would choose
him. “My favorite team,” Lindsay said.
When Berringer asked which team that was,
his friend replied: “Whatever team drafts you.”
Lindsay’s joking prophecy came true.
“He is the No. 1 draft pick of 1996,” Lind
say said. “Up-drafted by my favorite team.”
He began to cry, and read from the Bible,
“I press on toward the goal, to gain the prize
that God has called me heavenward,” Lindsay
“He beat us all home,” he continued. “Way
to go Brook. I am so proud of you.”
“That plane crash didn’t destroy Brook
Berringer,” he said. “It was just a touch and go.
“Praise God, praise God, praise God. Well
done dear friend. Welcome home.”
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Players and staff from the Nebraska football team pay final respects to teammate Brook Berringer.
Communities reel loss,
hope for good to follow tragedy
By Doug Peters
GOODLAND, Kan. — This small, high
plains farming town has been shaken and sad
dened by the deaths of two local sports heroes,
Brook Berringer and Tobey Lake.
But Goodland is not alone in feeling loss.
Berringer’s death also hit hard at the Uni
versity of Nebraska-Lincoln.
Although Berringer’s former teammates and
coaches who attended the double funeral here
Monday were not available for comment, UNL
Police Chief Ken Cauble, who escorted the team
bus, tried to express the impact of Berringer’s
“I think the death of any student affects the
campus,” Cauble said. “But I think one thing
that draws this a little closer was who he was
and the way he treated everybody.”
Cauble told of a time Berringer walked a fe
male parking cadet across campus to ensure she
made it safely to her car.
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But when tragedy struck, he said, teachers
had to tell their students. A third-grade teacher
friend told Quilling the hardest job he had ever
had in education was telling his students that
Berringer was gone.
But schoolchildren weren’t the only ones
touched by Berringer. Damon Finley, a senior
at Goodland High, said going to classes Friday
was difficult. Many people just left after lunch.
“She didn’t have to ask,” he said. “He just
did it ”
“He treated everybody that way.”
Despite feeling a loss, the 14-year UNL Po
lice veteran said he saw the potential for good
things to come of the tragedy.
“It’s changed some attitudes already,” he
said, “I’ve seen it among members of my staff.”
By living each day to its fullest and by ap
proaching challenges with a positive attitude,
Cauble said, Berringer set an example for all
who knew him.
Earlier in the day at the funeral service,
Berringer’s former coaches had voiced similar
“If we could have the same zest as you had,
the world would be a great place,” quarterbacks
coach Turner Gill said.
Cauble said he regretted that he had not had
time to get to know Berringer better. Even so,
he echoed a statement made by coaches, friends
and relatives throughout the day.
“I consider myself a better person because I
Later that day, Goodland High students gath
ered on the football field and laid 14 dozen roses
on the 50-yard line.
Both Lake and Berringer were football
standouts at Goodland High, having played only
feet from the fieldhouse where the two were
But through it all, despite the shock and grief,
the community is dealing well with the trag
edy, Goodland Police Capt. Karlyla Campbell
“People here in Goodland still believe in
people,” she said. “It’s a loyal and close-knit
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