The Nebraska Board of Pardons has granted a hearing to consider a full pardon for Nebraska football great Johnny Rodgers.
The Husker legend is seeking a pardon for a 1970 gas station robbery that he calls a college prank. The 62-year-old Heisman Trophy winner says the crime has been hanging over him since his 1971 conviction. He was given two years of probation.
The State of Nebraska Baord of Pardons will hear Rodgers' application for a full pardon. Rodgers hopes his actions will help others to overcome their mistakes without being afraid or embarrassed.
His pardon application came with letters of support from former Nebraska football coach and athletic director Tom Osborne and former Omaha mayor and congressman Hal Daub. A hearing is scheduled November 14.
Two other people were involved in the gas station robbery. Rodgers won't name them but he says both are doing well. He says one is a minister.