Description

Osborne and Berringer

The statue of Brook Berringer and Tom Osborne is located outside of the Tom and Nancy Osborne Athletic Complex on the North side of Memorial Stadium.  It is a life-sized bronze sculpture of the two standing side by side, and Osborne appears to be coaching Berringer during a game. 

It was sculpted by Nebraska native Fred Hoppe and put up in 2006 in association with the athletic complex (Huskers.com). 

The statue is meant as more of a piece of art, or decoration, than as an actual monument.  However, the statue represents some of the qualities that are valued at the University of Nebraska, particularly in the Cornhusker’s football program (Huskers.com). Coach Osborne, when approached with the idea for a statue, did not want it to be of him alone (Huskers.com). 

He also chose to have the player standing alongside him be Berringer instead of just making the player a nameless figure because, as Osborne himself said in an interview, “Brook's spirit epitomizes the sacrifices that so many small-town kids have made to make this program great. He was not a walk-on, but he symbolizes the efforts of so many of those kinds of players. His impact has been great … he made his mark here" (Huskers.com).