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Omaha celebrates Johnny Rogers’ 50th birthday with his Heisman Award.

OMAHA, Nebraska (Nebraska) — In honor of Black History Month, community members in North Omaha hosted a reception at the Contemporary Art Union on Wednesday to celebrate Husker legend Johnny Rogers’ 50th birthday with his Heisman Award.

Nicknamed for his speed, Johnny “Jet” Rogers is someone generations of huskers have looked up to, from his time at Lincoln to his professional careers with the San Diego Chargers and Montreal Alouettes of the Canadian Football League.

“I grew up thinking everyone can do anything,” Rogers said.

Rodgers managed to break all records, and he was twice named to the All-American team in college football. In 1972, he received the Walter Camp Award for Most Outstanding American Football Player.

In addition to his football career, Rodgers is a public figure. He was president of the 100 Black Men social services organization in Omaha and taught life skills to young athletes.

Rep. Don Bacon noted that Rogers is committed to improving his community.

“A lot of people who have achieved greatness, a lot of people have invested in it to get it, and sometimes they don’t return, it’s all about them,” Bacon said. “Not with Johnny, when he moved to pro football, he made it his goal to give his life.”

Rogers’ family said he is an inspiration to never give up and always follow your dreams.

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