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Dick Callahan



A 1960 Sioux Falls Washington High grad, Callahan was a starter on the 1963 Nebraska football team that was ranked sixth in the nation, went 10-1 and was the Big Eight and Orange Bowl champion.

The 5-foot-11, 185-pound Callahan had eight receptions for a team-high 157 yards during the regular season as the Cornhuskers won the Big Eight for the first time in 23 years. In a 23-9 win over Gale Sayers-led Kansas, he had three catches for 60 yards. Late in the season he was moved to safety, and in the 13-7 Orange Bowl win over Auburn he had an interception, knocked down several other passes and had a number of tackles.

He lettered three years at Nebraska (1961-63). The Huskers were 3-6-1 in 1961 and 9-2 in 1962. In 1961 he was a reserve running back, rushing 12 times for 64 yards in a 16-13 win over Iowa State. In 1962, Callahan caught 14 passes for 236 yards and a TD, including four for 47 yards in a 36-34 win over Miami in the Gotham Bowl at Yankee Stadium, the first bowl win ever for the Huskers, who were coached by Bob Devaney.

As a senior, he was a second-team Scholastic All-American.

In high school, Callahan was a member of three state championship track teams. He was first-team all-state in football and second team in basketball as a senior. In football, he tied a school record his senior year by scoring 103 points (in seven games). Included in that was a six-TD game against Aberdeen in which he rushed for 250 yards, including a 96-yard TD. In track, he won the 880 and was second in the 440 at the 1958 and 1960 state meets. In 1959, he was second in the 880 and fourth in the 440. As a senior, he anchored Warrior teams that set state records in the mile relay (3:27.8) and 2-mile relay (8:18.1) at the Howard Wood Dakota Relays. In baseball, he led his team in hitting two years in Legion and was named to the all-region team.

(In 1962 Nebraska team picture, Callahan is in front row, second from right)


































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