90 Year Old Husker Fan Misses First Home Game Since '47
Bellevue, NE-Section 7. Row 40. Seats 13, 14. The seats that Warren Nelson,90, and his son, Warren Jr. Have sat in for years. But he's not your typical, die-hard season ticket holder. Nelson hasn't missed a home game since 1947.
Until tomorrow. After more than 400 games, he's forced to skip the Memorial Stadium experience and watch from his 50 inch screen at home. Nine days ago, Nelson collapsed and underwent surgery. He's recovering at home from a newly implanted pacemaker.
"I walk slower," he says. "I was in the hospital for seven days. Got home yesterday."
He's disappointed, but not down. Warren's mentality for missing the game is same for when his favorite team misses a play. You deal, get up, and move on.
"I feel bad because I can't make it, but that's life," he says matter of factly.
To make it a little better, this afternoon, Husker Athletic Director Shawn Eichorst hand delivered a letter, a Bo Pelini autographed ball, and new big red hat to their biggest fan.
"It looks good," he says of the hat. "I have a round head it fits alright."
He adds, as far as the games go, as soon as he's better, it's back to Memorial.