Tuesday, August 26, 2008

The Husker Prayer

Dear Lord, the battles we go through life,
We ask for a chance that's fair
A chance to equal our stride,
A chance to do or dare

If we should win, let it be by the code,
Faith and Honor held high

If we should lose, we'll stand by the road,
And cheer as the winners go by

Day by Day, we get better and better!
Til' we can't be beat...
Many fans weren't familiar with this prayer until they were used in the 2005 Tunnel Walk. Words of inspiration for the team, they represent well the tradition of Nebraska football.

But how well do the fans follow these words? Do we hold our honor high? When we lose, do we cheer as the winners go by?

Certainly last year we watched the winners go by quite often. Way too often. But did fans hold up their end of the bargain? Did we cheer the winners? Or did we suddenly turn to hate for those winners?

AJ the Huskerh8r certainly has fun pointing out the absurdity of Husker fans...and the sad fact is, when it comes to Husker fans, he's right. If you read the comments on his blog, it proves his point over and over and over again. (His point about the Huskers going 4-8 in 2008 is another matter entirely.) Husker fans can, and do, act like jackasses at times. Not all of them, mind you. Whether it's calling in death threats to Kevin Cosgrove or taking out our frustrations on the fans of other teams, it's not in keeping with the program's tradition. Just like it wasn't in our program's tradition to rub 60-3 into other's faces back in the day.

The 2008 season starts on Saturday. It's an opportunity to start over for the players and fans alike. Maybe one objective for fans this season would be to simply try to follow the middle part:
If we should win, let it be by the code,
Faith and Honor held high

If we should lose, we'll stand by the road,
And cheer as the winners go by


Anonymous said...

Man I love This Football Prayer We Do It Every Thursday Before We Step On The Feild.


Husker Mike said...

I've heard comments over the years that the versions of the prayer that are on the internet are incorrect. I don't know if this is an accurate transcription, or if the prayer has evolved over the years.

I'm happy to revise and/or correct this post if anything is in error.

Heather McClelland said...

My son is in middle school. This year him and his football team recited the prayer before each game. My son led the prayer every game. They were all so pumped up for each game they went undefeated this year. They captured some of it on video. It is a great inspiration for all.

Madison Jensen said...

I love this prayer. The California All Stars cheer team, SMOED, sometimes resite this prayer before competitions and I love it