Four days of not practicing with his new teammates was enough for former Husker Ndamukong Suh as he agreed on a five year contract with the Detroit Lions. Suh’s rookie contract is worth more than $60 million, $40 million of which is guaranteed, team sources told ESPN. Earlier in the day former Husker and current Lions member Dominic Raiola told the media that Suh “Just needs to sign the damn contract already”. Rather then piss off some teammates it was a good idea to get into camp and receive that signing bonus.

The Lions are counting on the former Nebraska defensive tackle to bolster a defense that ranked among the league’s all-time worst in points allowed the past two seasons while the team went 2-30. Suh will be teaming up with another former Husker on the defensive line as Kyle Vandenbosh is also with the Lions.

Good luck to Suh and the other Huskers up there in Detroit. It will be fun to see if they can get that team turned around and headed in the right direction.

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Sam Keller Sues NCAA and Ea SportsOk, first off I have to wonder what in the hell is Sam Keller thinking? Is this once former Arizona State and Nebraska quarterback that hard up for some attention or money? I don’t get the lawsuit that is being blogged about today where Keller has filed a lawsuit against the NCAA and EA Sports. It has many Husker fans as well as NCAA fans thinking WTF?!

Keller is suing the NCAA and EA Sports for “blatant and unlawful use of (NCAA) student likenesses in a number of EA Sports” college football games during his time with the Sun Devils and Cornhuskers without paying him for it. The “NCAA 08” game, for example, lists Keller at his approximate height and weight.

So just because EA Sports uses a player that has the same height/weight and number as someone they should be sued for it? Of course they are trying to make the game realistic as possible without adding names to the rosters that are shipped with the games. They can’t allow the names to be on the rosters due to NCAA rules. That doesn’t stop roster editors however from flocking to the Internet once the game is released to download new rosters that have every teams players named.

I wonder if Mr. Attention (Keller) would be bringing this up if he was in the NFL and also in the Madden game? I would imagine it would be cool to say “Yeah that is supposed to be in the game”… I guess not for Mr. Keller The whole Arena League and Bar tending in Arizona must not be working out to well huh Sam?

What’s your thoughts on this crazy lawsuit?

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NebraskaIf you have been reading Husker message boards in the last 24 hours you have probably read that there was a former husker football player that was possibly killed in a murder. However, that rumor is not true but now it is being said that Thunder Collins a former husker football player from 2000-2001 seasons could have been involved in the fatal shooting in North Omaha on Tuesday morning.

An arrest warrant issued Wednesday morning for Collins accused him of first-degree murder, and attempted second-degree murder. Collins also faces felony weapons charges. KETV has a video online of Collins being arrested if you would like to see. We will have to see how this all plays out but things sure don’t look good for Thunder.

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NebraskaNebraska Football head coach Bo Pelini is really stressing how important classroom attendance will be for his players and really wants to get it through their heads how important their grades are.  Pelini will be very serious about this, so hopefully the players attend their classes and get the grades that they need to get so they can get out on the football field.

Here was an exact quote from Coach Pelini:

“Everything counts in this program. From the time you wake up in the morning until the time you go to bed. We hold you accountable in every aspect that you do. When we ask you to go to class, it’s not your decision, it’s mandatory. Everything is. That’s part of who they are. If we can’t count on them to do the things off the field, we can’t count on them on the field. That’s the way it is and that’s the way it was when I left LSU. It’s not up for debate. If you don’t want to go to class, turn pro.”

Sounds good to me.  There will probably be a few cases where a couple players run into trouble with the rules, but I think they will quickly learn from their mistakes and make them a better student athlete.

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NebraskaFormer Husker Baseball player Joba Chamberlain made his Major League Debut last night with the New York Yankees.  Chamberlain pitched the final two innings of the game and did not allow a run.  He did have two walks and two strikeouts in the two innings.

Chamberlain powered through the minor leagues, dominating at each level. In 18 games (15 starts) at Class A Tampa, Class AA Trenton and Scranton/Wilkes-Barre this season, he went 9-2 with a 2.45 ERA and an opponent batting average of .198. In 881/3 innings, he allowed 27 walks and struck out 135.

It will be fun to see Joba do well for the Yankees, even though I hope they lose every game of the season 🙂

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NebraskaFormer Nebraska quarterback Zac Taylor has been released by the Tampa Bay Bucs after they needed to make room on their active roster for a linebacker.  Taylor could possibly resign with the Bucs and be placed on the practice squad but right now no one knows if that will happen or not.

Do the Minnesota Vikings or Atlanta Falcons have room for Taylor?  Those could be two possibilities after reading some message boards this morning.  What about Taylor returning to UNL and being a graduate assistant if he doesn’t pick up an NFL offer?

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NebraskaFormer Nebraska Cornhusker offensive linemen Chris Patrick has been signed by the New York Giants and awarded a two year contract sources out of New York are saying.  Patrick was passed on during last week’s supplemental draft, but an impressive workout was good enough to earn him a roster spot in New York.

Patrick decided to leave the Husker football team after finding out he would be kicked off or he could leave and enter the supplemental draft.  He decided to keep things quite and just go ahead and enter the draft instead of causing a big problem.  We aren’t sure what the exact causes were for it all happening so we will leave that at that.

Good luck to Mr. Patrick as he begins his professional football career with the New York Giants.

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NebraskaA former Nebraska offensive linemen that last played in 2005 for the Huskers has signed a contract with the Minnesota Vikings practice squad.  Seppo Evwaraye finished his college career in the 2005 Alamo Bowl, in which Nebraska defeated Michigan, 17-3. The native of Finland was an A-P honorable-Mention All-Big 12, second-team  Academic All-Big 12 and the Nebraska Lifter of the Year in 2005.

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A user over at Huskers Illustrated created some very nice former Husker highlight films that he is allowing us to embed here at NebSports. Today, I will put up his Ahman Green hightlight film when Green played for the Huskers.

Wow! Doesn’t that bring back some great Husker memories! Talk about an offensive line that totally dominated the game and a running back that could juke or run over the db to get into the endzone.

Just watching this video makes you think if this could be Quentin Castille or Marcus Mendoza in 2-3 years with our great offensive line that we have coming in next year with Dan Hoch, Trevor Robinson, Bryce Givens, and Baker Steinkuhler!

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NebraskaWell talk about a weird thing that happened to former Husker running back Brandon Jackson this week. He is being told he HAS TO attend this weekend Premiere event in Los Angeles, where top selected skill players attend photo card shoots, contend for endorsements and receive television exposure. It’s either that or stay at home and miss the mini camp.

For some stupid reason, the Packers are holding their mini camp the same weekend as this event where a lot of the high profile rookie players contend for endrosments and photos for card companies etc. Jackson says he would rather be at the mini-camp but he has no choice as he is being forced to the event.

Pretty messed up rule, we can only hope that the Packer players and coach staff understands what is going on and I am sure they will. We wish Brandon all the best in Green Bay with the Packers!

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