LINCOLN — Grant Wistrom has a lengthy football résumé.
The former Nebraska great was part of three national championships at Nebraska, won a Super Bowl and was elected to the College Football Hall of Fame in 2009.
On Thursday, he was named the honorary captain of the 50-year Blackshirt team, a group of eight that was honored individually during each home game this season.
“It's a pretty special deal,” Wistrom said during a first-half break in action Friday. “I love this place.”
In fact, Wistrom said he and his wife discussed three options for places to live before settling on somewhere other than Lincoln.
“And every time we come back we ask ourselves why didn't we pick here,” he said.
Wistrom was accompanied Friday by his wife and two kids. After a short video, the family was shown on the stadium's televisions, all throwing the bones.
And what are Wistrom's thoughts on the current state of the Blackshirts? The 37-year-old said no matter the age or experience level of a defense, there's one vital factor.
“Just play for each other,” he said. “When you're out there playing for yourself, you're more likely to take a play off here and there. If you're playing for the guy next to you and playing for each other, the product is evident.”
Husker seniors receive recognition, including Longs
The customized jersey told it all.
Ann Long had two sons celebrating Senior Day on Friday, as evidenced by the red Husker jersey with “41/61” for the number and “Longs” for the name. Both boys signed the jersey to “Momma.”
Jake and Spencer Long, started as walk-ons out of Elkhorn. They finished as starters, with Spencer earning a scholarship and All-America honors a season ago.
Jake was the first of the two to be recognized Friday. He came out of the tunnel, jogged over to his parents and snapped a few pictures. All three then moved to the end of the line to wait for his brother.
Spencer Long was the last of the seniors introduced. Nursing a torn ACL, he moved slowly from one side of the field to the other. Along with their dad, Doug, the group of four posed for a few more pictures before the pregame festivities wrapped up.
The biggest ovation of the ceremony came for quarterback Taylor Martinez, who walked slowly and waved to all corners of the stadium during his moment. The school's record-holder in a number of offensive categories, Martinez has been out since the end of October with a foot injury.
Neither of his parents was in attendance, but Martinez walked to the line where families wait and met younger brother Drake, a freshman defensive back.
Top defensive lineman prospect visits Nebraska
Seven official visitors showed up Friday. One got most of the attention from fans.
Terrell Clinkscales, a 6-foot-4, 315-pound defensive lineman, was a draw almost everywhere he went.
Husker backers shouted his name and tried to get his attention while he stood on the NU sidelines during warmups.
Appropiately dressed in all black, Clinkscales looked the part of 247Sports' top junior college defensive tackle recruit.
The recruiting service lists the Dodge City, Kan., CC standout as a four-star prospect. He has taken official visits to Iowa State and Kansas State, and has a fourth planned to Texas Tech in January. With an offer list that includes Alabama, Oregon and Ohio State, Clinkscales would be a huge get for Nebraska.
While he was the biggest target on hand Friday, Clinkscales wasn't the only uncommitted prospect the Huskers would like to land.
Defensive end Darius Slade out of New Jersey was taking his second official visit of the year. His first was to Michigan State, who co-leads with Nebraska for the services of the 6-5, 237-pounder.
Freedom Akinmoladun, Tanner Farmer, Peyton Newell and Larenzo Stewart also were on official visits Friday. Each is a Nebraska commit.
Juco defensive back Byerson Cockrell was the other official visitor.
Pelini to sideline reporter: 'What kind of question is that?'
It wasn't the first bit of Bo backtalk. Just the latest on national television.
As both teams left the field for halftime Friday, Nebraska coach Bo Pelini was asked by ABC sideline reporter Quint Kessenich about his reaction to a pair of first-quarter interceptions by quarterback Ron Kellogg.
“Well, what do you think?” Pelini fired back. “What kind of question is that?”
Within minutes, the exchange was on Deadspin, the same website that earlier this season broke the story about Pelini's profanity-laced tirade about Husker fans.
Kessenich asked two more questions that Pelini answered with short responses.