When you look at both Henery's body of work at Nebraska and now in the NFL it's hard to argue this. Henery had the best career in college of any in-state player that came out of Nebraska since 2005, and he's arguably having the best pro career. Henery was a first-team All-American in 2009 and he finished as the most accurate kicker in college football history connecting on 68-of-76 field goals and 193-of-194 extra points.
Lincoln, NEPius X
This one is kind of a wildcard, but when you look at what Greg Zuerlein did at both UNO and Missouri Western, along with the St. Louis Rams, he too has had as good of a career as anybody the last 10 years. Zuerlein set a NCAA Division II record of 21 consecutive field goals including nine that were 50 or more yards - including two 58-yard field goals. He had a .952 field goal percentage completing 23 of 24 attempts—the highest of any NCAA player in any division with 12 or more attempts in 2011. Now he possesses one of the strongest legs in the NFL.
The Cozad native finished his career with 20 sacks, despite a shortened senior season in 2011. In both 2009 and 2010 Crick finished with 9.5 sacks and was named a second-team All-American in 2010. He's played in 31 games the last two seasons with the Houston Texans.
The former four-star recruit Paul starred at Nebraska as both a wide receiver and return specialist. Now he makes his living in the NFL with the Washington Redskins as a tight end. Paul finished his career at Nebraska with 103 catches for 1,532 yards, to go along with 4,122 all-purpose yards. He was the MVP of the 2009 Holiday Bowl.
Omaha, NECentral High School
The Omaha Central product was a first team All-Big Ten corner in both 2010 and 2011. He was a fifth-round pick by the Cincinnati Bengals in 2012 and he played the 2013 season with the Minnesota Vikings.
Omaha, NECreighton Prep
The Omaha Creighton Prep product played in 50 games from 2005 to 2008 at Nebraska as a defensive end, finishing with 28 tackles for loss and eight quarterback sacks. In the NFL Potter played four seasons as a tight end with the Jacksonville Jaguars from 2009 to 2012.
North Platte, NE
The North Platte signal caller passed for 10,084 yards and 74 touchdowns at Idaho, putting up the best Division I quarterback career from the state of Nebraska since Heisman Trophy winner Eric Crouch. Enderle was a 2011 fifth-round pick of the Chicago Bears, and also spent time with the Jaguars, Titans, Chargers, along with the CFL and AFL. Enderle currently plays for the AFL's Portland Thunder.
Lincoln, NELincoln Southwest
Steinkuhler was a second team All-Big Ten selection in 2012, playing in 51 games and starting 28 from 2009 to 2012 at defensive tackle. An injury in the final regular season game in 2012 prevented Steinkuhler from taking part in NFL preparations, but he's expected to get a chance this spring at Nebraska's Pro Day as an offensive lineman, where Rivals.com originally ranked him as a five-star in 2008.
Keller was the first football player to sign a Division I football scholarship out of Kearney since the 1970's. He finished his career at Ohio with 438 tackles and he is arguably their best defensive player in school history. Keller got a look with the St. Louis Rams in 2012, but never latched on to an NFL roster.
The Omaha North native actually turned down Nebraska for a chance to play quarterback at Iowa State. Bates lasted a little over one year in Ames, and later transferred to Ohio where he played quarterback, running back, receiver and returned kicks. Bates has been with the Seattle Seahawks the last two seasons and just picked up a Super Bowl ring as a part of their practice squad in 2013.
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