The daily Nebraskan. ([Lincoln, Neb.) 1901-current, January 16, 1998, Page 3, Image 3

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    Sports Illustrated devotes
special issue to Osborne
OSBORNE from page 1
along,” Ellis said. “Based on what
happened Thursday and Friday two
weeks ago kind of threw a wrench in
our work, so we combined the two.”
The issue is divided into nine
articles, including stories about the
1995 Orange Bowl, 1996 Fiesta
Bowl, the 1997 season and the 1998
Orange Bowl.
The issue also has a pictorial sec
tion highlighting Osborne’s 25 years
and a section showing the 16 Sports
Illustrated covers featuring Nebraska
throughout those 25 years.
“With this being Tom’s last sea
son, we think this is particularly
appropriate that Tom go out a winner
like this and honor him for it,” Byrne
Osborne has been on the road
helping new Head Coach Frank
Solich with recruiting and wasn’t
present at the commemoration.
Ellis said 80 to 90 percent of the
sales of the issue will be concentrat
ed in Nebraska, but the issue will be
available on some newsstands in air
ports throughout the country.
The issue marks the 29th com
memorative edition Sports
Illustrated Presents has published
since 1993. The most recent recog
nized the 1997 Michigan Wolverines
football team, which won The
Associated Press national champi
It is only the second time Sports
Illustrated has honored a coach since
last fall, when an issue paid tribute to
retiring North Carolina Basketball
Coach Dean Smith.
It is the third time Sports
Illustrated has devoted a special
issue for the Huskers, having dedi
cated issues for the 1994 and 1995
national championship seasons.
“It’s terrific, but I’m especially
pleased for Tom (Osborne),” Byrne
said. “Imagine three national cham
pionships in five years. Nobody else
can say anything like that in the mod
em era of football.”
Former Husker fullback
robbed of memorabilia
By Josh Funk
Senior Reporter
One former Comhusker football
player learned not even memories are
sacred anymore after finding his
house burglarized Wednesday.
Patrick Borer, a walk-on fullback
from 1980-82, lost precious memora
bilia, including his Orange Bowl
rings, during the theft.
Someone broke into the Borer
home at 6138 Leighton Ave. by shat
tering a window in the back door and
unlocking the deadbolt lock, Lincoln
Police Sgt. Ann Heerman said.
The thief then had a snack from
the kitchen while ransacking the
house for valuables, Heerman said.
In the bedroom the thief took
Borer’s 1982 and 1983 Orange Bowl
rings, his 1983 Big 8 Championship
ring, an Orange Bowl watch and
some of his wife’s jewelry.
Borer’s Nebraska helmet from his
senior season was also taken from the
The loss was valued at $2,216,
but Borer said it is tough to put a price
tag on memories.
“These things reminded me of my
time with the Huskers and Coach
(Tom) Osborne,” Borer, a Lincoln
firefighter, said.
A native Nebraskan, Borer grew
up with the dream of becoming a
After a season with the University
of Nebraska at Omaha Mavericks,
Borer transferred to the University of
Nebraska-Lincoln and realized his
The theft, however, may be a lose
lose situation for both Borer and the
Because the items are unique -
some are even engraved with Borer’s
name - it may be impossible for the
thief to sell them.
This makes recovering the rings
difficult for police, Heerman said.
But all that matters to Borer is
recovering his memories.
“It was an honor to be affiliated
with the Huskers,” Borer said, “and
these things were my only reminder
of that time.”
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