A Story From The Stands – What Have Former Nebraska Football Players Learned From The Game – Kent M

Kent McCloughan worked in a Broken Bow, Nebraska grocery store and listened to Husker games on the radio when he was a boy. That would be the last job he held that didn’t have anything to do with football.

Today, this legend of the early Devaney years works for the Oakland Raiders organization and pushes the Raiders shopping cart through the halls of college football looking for just the right match of talent and attitude to make silver and black history.

“I spend a lot of time on the road,” he said during an interview from his Colorado home. “Most of my job involves talking. I talk to trainers, and coaches, and other players and try to find out how much a guy loves football and how tough he is.” He also spends lots of time looking at film so on NFL draft day, he can answer a question in seconds and help the Raiders make just the right picks that may someday get them back to the Super Bowl.

That’s one Nebraska record McCloughan will always hold. He was the first former Husker to ever play in a Super Bowl.

Vince Lombardi’s Green Bay Packers with Bart Starr calling signals beat the Raiders 33-14 in Super Bowl II. McCloughan started that game as a cornerback. There is no Super Bowl Championship ring shortage in the McCloughan home, however. “I have three of them,” he said.

The Raiders organization got McCloughan not through the draft, but via a telephone call from a Nebraska trainer.

“I was drafted in the 3rd round by Washington and in the 11th by  UFABET ทางเข้า Houston,” McCloughan explained. “Washington had two all-pros where I would likely play and Houston never called back. That’s when I called George Sullivan and he called Al Davis.”

The Raiders traded for McCloughan and it has been a football love affair ever since. One of his sons works with him and is also a scout. He has two other boys, one is a scout for Seattle and the other is a homebuilder in Colorado. His wife is his Broken Bow high school sweetheart.

The talented Broken Bow running back had the attention of most of the schools in the Big 8 including interesting offers from Colorado, Kansas, and Northwestern. But Nebraska won. The Bill Jennings group had the ball rolling with a couple of noticeable upsets of Oklahoma and Bob Devaney was on the way to Lincoln.

McCloughan spent his freshman year in the Jennings era and came out firing under Devaney as a sophomore. He scored his first of eighteen career touchdowns during the 1962 South Dakota opener, a 53-0 rout.

“I am proud I was one of those guys,” he said. “We got the ball rolling.” Indeed they did. In the