Huskers to honor school's first Black athlete with special helmet decal vs. Ohio State
Nebraska will feature a special helmet decal honoring its first black athlete during the Huskers’ season-opener on Saturday.
The gesture will honor George Flippin, who first played for Nebraska in 1891.
This is apart of the Big Ten’s “United As One” campaign, which is, “dedicated to constructively and collectively recognizing and eliminating racism and hate in our society by creating resources for inclusion, empowerment and accountability.”
Nebraska’s opponent, Ohio State, is also participating in the campaign.
“Ohio State football players will wear back of helmet stickers that state ‘Equality’ and debut a specially designed pre-game t-shirt as an additional show of support,” per a release from the Big Ten. “Stickers on Cornhuskers helmets will generate awareness for social justice issues by paying tribute to George Flippin, the first African American football player for the University of Nebraska.”
According to Hailvarsity.com, the helmet stickers honoring Flippin will be worn all season long.
Kickoff between the Huskers and Ohio State is scheduled for 12 p.m. ET on FOX.