What would you
like to see
Hyannis native still close to NU program
By BOB SCHALLER
For the Star-Herald
LINCOLN Do you get back often? a man asked, extending his hand.
Back just last week, Terry Connealy said with a smile. You know, I love
getting back to Hyannis whenever I have the chance.
Connealy is remembered for his incredible days as a Husker, helping Tom Osborne to the
coachs first national championship as head coach in 1994. The picture of Connealy
standing over Miami quarterback Frank Costa after a late-game sack made national
newspapers and magazines.
Its also made the Hyannis native a part of Husker history. And now that Connealy is
a half-decade removed from his Husker glory days, he returned to be a part of the Husker
broadcast team for a second time.
He does the pre-game show for Pinnacle from Nebraskas student union bookstore with
host Gary Sharp. As the show went on before the Notre Dame game Saturday, Connealy was
ribbed by Sharp about Crawford beating Hyannis Friday night.
But, Connealy said as they went to a commercial break, I heard it was a
Sharp smiled, appreciative of Connealys pride in his rural roots. Later in the
Husker press box as Connealy grabbed literally two bits of chicken before heading out for
another interview, he talked about how fond he is of both his memories of 8-man football
in Hyannis, and his days as a Husker.
I hope that kids in the small towns maybe see that if I did it (made it as a
Husker), they can do it, too, Connealy said. But hey, there were a lot of guys
from small towns in this state who made it here before me. Look at (Joel) Makovicka,
hes in the NFL. There have been a lot of small town guys who have been a big part of
the success here. But yes, of course, Im proud to be a part of it.
Connealy moved to Omaha with his wife, Lisa, and their two young daughters, 2-year-old
Madison, and 10-month-old Logan. Both are as adorable as can be, and they are clearly the
apples of their fathers eye. He is working as a financial planner, but likes staying
as a part of the program through his radio work with Pinnacle. And he thinks its too
early to make a judgment about this years Huskers.
Really, its too soon to tell, Connealy said. I do think Coach
(Frank) Solich has done a good job. Hes followed a legend in Coach Osborne, yet
hes done a great job of making his own mark, yet upholding the tradition.
He doesnt plan to go back to Hyannis this weekend. But he does wonder how Chris
Kraus and the team are doing, following them through newspaper and online reports.
Im so proud of where Ive come from, Connealy said. I
wouldnt trade my upbringing for anything. I go back and everyone knows me no
one fusses all over me or anything like that. Its just nice to get back home. I like
taking my wife and kids back there, too.