Husker Fan Down, But Not Out Much Longer

By: Jacki Ochoa Email
By: Jacki Ochoa Email
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A Husker football fan on the sidelines hopes to make it back soon to see the team he loves play in person.

He has Husker history captured in a place to last a lifetime. “To this day, still the greatest football game I've ever seen in person." Steve Boschult remembers it all. “I got a perfect spot to resume it, too. This was November 11, 1978. In fact, I have an autographed Sports Illustrated from that game."

He is surrounded by a collection of memorabilia and memories. “I have press guides, which date back to 1970.” Steve is comfortable, but not thrilled to be home. Watching games there has been an adjustment for him. “Kinda hard to look at it with no foot there obviously after so many years."

A few weeks ago, Steve was in the hospital. “This last summer I started feeling some pain in my left foot, a mass was forming." He could barely walk on it so he visited several doctors. “It was determined that it was a somewhat rare form of cancer, synovial sarcoma." The best course of treatment was to amputate below the left knee. “As a result, I missed my first Nebraska game in nearly 27 years."

Steve had attended 180 consecutive Husker home games before his surgery. “The streak was gonna end sometime. It's just I was hoping it wasn't for this reason. I'm a lifelong Nebraskan, for one thing.”

The team he’s showed so much devotion to over the years showed its devotion to him in a time of need. “To Steve, number one Husker fan, your friend, Johnny ‘The Jet’ Rogers, Heisman '72."

Even though he is stuck watching games from home, Steve's presence is still being felt every Saturday. “My brother made those and held them up in the north stadium seats where we have just behind the goalposts. I saw this, the one with the sunglasses. I saw that four times during the telecast on Saturday."

Steve is praying for the day he can return to Memorial Stadium, to a place and a seat that feels more like home. "We'll see. Time will tell.”

Steve will be getting a prosthesis in a few weeks and hopes to make it back to Memorial Stadium next month.

Update:

Today, Steve, made his return to Memorial Stadium. Although he isn't in his usual seat he is thrilled to be back. He says a news streak will begin.


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