Brook Berringer was a quarterback on the University of Nebraska’s football team from the 1992/1993 season to 1995/1996 season (Waite). Berringer was not the Cornhusker’s starting quarterback, Tommie Frazier had that position, instead he was the back-up (Waite). However, his role became very important when Frazier was sidelined during the 1994 season with blood clots (Cluck).
One of his most memorable games was against Colorado in 1994. According to his coach Tom Osborne, “He played a perfect game that day” (Huskers.com). However, Berringer’s influence extended beyond one great game. According to Ron Brown, “That kid had something inside that began to emerge into something really special” (Huskers.com). He also said, “You could see the spirit in him, and it really culminated in that game" (Huskers.com). Overall, Berringer had a 7-0 record as a starter in 1994 and helped Nebraska prove that they could win with or without their first string quarterback playing (Waite, Parks).
Berringer was projected to be a mid-round draft pick in the 1996 draft, but unfortunately this was not to be (Cluck). On April 18th, 1996, tragedy struck (Hain). Brook Berringer and his friend Tobey Lake had been flying a 1946 Piper Cub airplane, but it crashed in a field outside of Raymond, Nebraska (Hain). Berringer’s death immediately had a wide-reaching impact on the state of Nebraska as well as football as a whole (Peters). A candlelight vigil was held for him outside of Memorial Stadium the weekend following his death, and a memorial service was held for him before the annual Red vs. White football game on April 20th(Peters). Berringer was buried in his hometown of Goodland, Kansas on April 22nd(Peters).
Berringer’s legacy, however, lives on. Not only does a statue of him stand in front of the Tom and Nancy Osborne athletic complex, there is an honorary team at the University of Nebraska known as the Brook Berringer Citizenship Team (NU Media Relations). This honor is presented to athletes on the Nebraska Football team who go above and beyond the call of duty through leadership and service (NU Media Relations).