Fred Hoppe is an internationally known sculptor who completed both the Husker Legacy Statue and the Tom Osborne/Brook Berringer Statue. Born in Malcolm, NE, he has made major contributions to the University of Nebraska-Lincoln campus, having also created "Archie", the 17-foot high giant imperial mammoth that resides outside of Morrill Hall (Veterans Memorial Museum).
Hoppe has worked in the sculpting field for over 21 years, winning over 100 state, national, and international awards. His work includes commissions for former president George Bush, General Norman Schwarzkopf, the President of India, Nebraska governor Ben Nelson, and other national and international figures (Veterans Memorial Museum). He currently works as the director of the Veterans Memorial Museum in Branson, Missouri (Veterans Memorial Museum).