Yep, that’s right. I said it! In my opinion Larry Station is the best Nebraska high school athlete that there has ever been.
Station graduated from Omaha Central in 1982, but before he left he became a two-time all-state football player, a two-time state champion in the shot put and he also won a state title in the discus — setting state records in each event. Nearly 30 years later, Station still holds Class A state records in the shot put (64-9.5) and discus (202-1.)
If all that’s not enough for you, get this: Station was one of the state’s top tennis players — a Nebraska juniors tennis state champion to boot. Good grief!
Station went on to become a consensus First Team All-American linebacker at the University of Iowa, where he continues to hold the school record for total tackles in a career (492). During his last college football stance, played at the 1986 Rose Bowl Game against UCLA, he suffered a serious back injury from which he never fully recovered. The injury caused him to cut short his NFL career after only one season.
No one who ever saw Larry Station play football could ever forget his greatness. Therefore, in 2009 he was rewarded with one of the highest honors an athlete could ever receive: Induction into the College Football Hall of Fame.
I never saw Station play in person but I do vividly recall watching some of his games on television. He played LB — that’s was my position, too — so I couldn’t help but to focus on his play. And let me tell you, “Larry Station was one bad man! A beast, one of the best I’ve ever seen.”
Click the link below to check out my Facebook photo album and candid commentary about some of the greatest Nebraska high school athletes of all time — from the distant past to some ot the most recently graduated.
“Nebraska truly has a remarkable and diversified sports history for such a sparsely populated state.”
All-Time Top Nebraska High School Athletes Photo Album w/commentary