Friday night’s Nebraska Football Hall of Fame Awards Dinner inside Memorial Stadium is a family affair with 40 people supporting the induction of Kris Brown (1995-98) and 29 guests representing Adam Carriker (2003-06).
Scott Raridon (1981-83), a third living 2016 Husker HOF inductee, could not match those high numbers, but the first-team All-Big Eight offensive tackle has a son, John Raridon, suiting up for Saturday’s game against Wyoming.
All three Huskers, who will be recognized 43 minutes prior to Saturday’s 11 a.m. ESPN-2 nationally televised kickoff, are humbled to join Nebraska’s rich Hall-of-Fame tradition.
“This night is my opportunity to thank each and every family member and friend for their love and support,” said Brown, the older brother of current Husker placekicker Drew Brown. “They’ve all had an impact on my life and are a big reason why I’m receiving this honor. I’m humbled to be mentioned with some of the greatest players in Nebraska and college football history.”
Even though Carriker grew up in the state of Washington, “my dream was always to play for the University of Nebraska,” he said. “For me, it was halfway across the country, but my dad grew up on a small farm outside of Giltner, Nebraska. His whole side of the family is in Nebraska, so I was raised by a small-town, blue-collar farm boy."
For Carriker, Hall-of-Fame Enshrinement Is ‘Literally a Dream Come True’
“To live that far away and actually get to play at Nebraska was something I never, ever thought would happen,” Carriker (pictured above) said. “It’s so hard to describe because getting enshrined into the Nebraska Football Hall of Fame is literally a dream come true.”
The honor also moved Raridon. “The Hall of Fame means a lot to me,” said Raridon, whose son followed in his dad’s footsteps after two brothers played at Notre Dame and Wisconsin.
“After all these years, I thought the Hall of Fame passed me up,” Raridon said. “It seems to be a bigger deal to my family than me because they think it’s really cool. I also think that they think it’s odd because as my kids have grown up, I haven’t really talked about my days at Nebraska much, mainly because I didn’t want to put pressure on my kids to have to follow in my footsteps.”
All three individual Huskers paved a productive path to earn Hall-of-Fame status.
Brown was the kicker on teams that won 45 of 51 games, including national championships in 1995 and ’97. He became Nebraska’s top scorer in history with 388 points before Alex Henery moved to the top of the Huskers’ all-time scoring chart. Drafted in the 7th round of the NFL draft, Brown spent 12 seasons in the NFL.
A native of Kennewick, Wa., Carriker was a two-time All-Big 12 defensive end who started 34 games for the Huskers. He finished his collegiate career with 33 tackles for loss and 16.5 sacks. A first-round 2007 draft choice, Carriker retired from the NFL in 2015 and became a Nebraska Hall-of-Fame member on the first ballot.
Raridon Helped Pave the Way for Mike Rozier to Win the 1983 Heisman Trophy
After playing for former Husker Barry Alvarez on a state championship team in Mason City, Ia., Raridon (far left above) helped pave the way for Mike Rozier to win the 1983 Heisman Trophy.
He played in three Orange Bowls and two national championship games. “Believe it or not, going for a two-point conversation against Miami in the Orange Bowl has been a very proud moment,” Raridon said, “just because of the respect Nebraska gained from going for it. Watching Mike Rozier win the Heisman was huge, too, because for an offensive lineman, that’s the greatest honor you can receive.”
Carriker’s all-time favorite highlight was “the first time I ever walked out on Memorial Stadium’s field when we played Oklahoma State in the first game of the year,” he said. “The last game I played at Memorial Stadium was against Colorado. My family has so many Colorado fans because they lived there. We didn’t talk trash but I always felt some of my best games were against Colorado. I was in no hurry to get off the field.”