Tony Veland a Omaha Benson Bunny graduate, was recruited to play Quarterback at NU. After a tear to his patellar tendon and the emergence of Tommie Frazier, Veland made the switch to the secondary prior to his junior season. It was a move that would serve him and the Huskers well over the next two years. Mike Minter tore his ACL in the second game of the 94 season and suddenly Veland was thrust into a Starting role at free safety. Over the next two years Tony Veland became as valuble member of the Blackshirts as anyone and he has two national championship rings to prove it (94-95).
This helmet was aquired directly from Mr. Veland. Its a beautiful piece of Husker history. Beat up and scared. One unique feature of this helmet is the “NO FEAR” sticker. It is from Tony’s appearence in the Hula Bowl after his Husker career was over.
Veland also won a ring as a member of the Denver Broncos in 1997. He played one more year in the NFL in 1998 with the Carolina Panthers.