There's no fan base quite like Husker Nation. As news of Osborne's pending retirement spread, there was sadness among fans, but understanding as well.
Fans said it was expected. "I understand, I mean he's getting older and that'll happen,” said Leah Hadden. “Time will come when everyone will retire."
“Not really shocked I guess, I mean he's an older guy and figured he'd sooner than later make the transition to someone new, but anytime a legend like that steps down it's a time to reflect on his accomplishments and wonder where that takes us in the future,” said Jason Brown.
Shoppers at the Husker Hounds store said Osborne's legacy is what helped build Nebraska football to what it is today. "He's the picture of Nebraska football and sports,” said Hadden.
"I think he was sort of a course correction and he did what he was on to do and it's time for him to move on and enjoy his retirement, he's earned it and he's put us in a good position to go where we want to go,” added Brown.
At DJ’s Dugout downtown, we found more Husker fans on their lunch hour. “It seems like he was a tradition there and a connection to the past,” said Tom Maupin.
Now fans are looking beyond the past toward the future and the Huskers after he's gone. “I guess it really depends on who they hire,” said Justin Barager. “I mean, I don't expect it to be any different, but I didn't really expect it to be any different after Bill Byrne left either, so I guess it really just depends on who they bring in."
Many well-wishes from Husker Nation as Osborne embarks on his next adventure. "It's probably a good time for him to get out and really retire and go fishing,” said Maupin.