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Six Huskers to be inducted into 2021 Nebraska Athletics HOF, and the class shares a theme

Six Huskers to be inducted into 2021 Nebraska Athletics HOF, and the class shares a theme

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The 2021 Nebraska Athletics hall of fame class is finalized — and the theme among the six-person class is each accomplished Husker "firsts."  

The class: Therese Alshammar (women’s swimming and diving, 1998-99); Jordan Burroughs (wrestling, 2007-11); Bob Cerv (baseball and men’s basketball, 1947-50); Kelsey Griffin (women’s basketball, 2006-10); Larry Jacobson (football, 1969-71); and Cathy Noth (volleyball, 1981-84). 

An induction ceremony will take place Oct. 1, a day before the Nebraska football team hosts Northwestern for Homecoming. The 2020 class will also be inducted after last year's event was canceled by COVID-19 concerns.

Each inductee accomplished never-before-seen Husker feats: 

* Alshammar: First woman to swim in six Olympic Games.

* Burroughs: NU's first two-time national champion wrestler.

* Cerv: NU's first All-America baseball player and first former Husker to appear in an MLB game.

* Griffin: Huskers' first Senior CLASS Award winner; led women's basketball team to best season in program history.

* Jacobson: First NU football player to win major national award (Outland Trophy).

* Noth: The only volleyball player to be a three-time Big Eight Tournament MVP.

The class will be enshrined with a granite plaque added to the Nebraska Hall of Fame Plaza, located just outside East Stadium, according to a news release.

Alshammar, who hails from Stockholm, Sweden, was a 13-time All-American and set four school records in just two seasons with the Huskers. She followed with a decorated international career, becoming the first woman to swim in six Olympic games. She claimed Olympic silver in the 50- and 100-meter freestyles at the 2000 Summer Games, and is a 12-time world champion.

Burroughs went 35-0 and won a 157-pound national title as a junior at NU, and followed with a 36-0 campaign and an NCAA title at 165 as a senior. He was named the 2011 Hodge Trophy winner and is the only Husker to win the award. After college, Burroughs won his first 69 international matches and captured Olympic gold at the 2012 London Games.

Cerv played baseball and basketball at Nebraska. He helped the hoops team to back-to-back Big Seven conference championships in 1949 and 1950, but left his biggest mark on the diamond. Cerv led NU to two Big Seven titles before embarking on a 12-year career in the majors. He was a part of the New York Yankees' World Series team in 1956 and finished fourth in MVP voting in 1958 while playing for the Kansas City A's.

Griffin was part of the Huskers' historic run in women's basketball in 2010. She was named a first-team All-American and Big 12 player of the year after guiding the Huskers to a conference championship and a spot in the Sweet 16. She ranks third at NU in career rebounds (1,019) and third in points (2,033), and she was the No. 3 overall pick in the 2010 WNBA Draft. Her No. 23 jersey was retired in 2014.

The NU football team went 33-2-1 in Jacobson's three seasons in Lincoln, and he was part of the Huskers' first two national championship teams in 1970 and 1971. He had 73 tackles during his senior season and was named a first-team All-American. Jacobson was a first-round pick in the 1972 NFL Draft and he played four seasons in the pros. His No. 75 jersey was retired in 1994.

Noth played a prominent role in the growth of Husker volleyball, both as a player and as a coach. She led NU to sweeps of the Big Eight regular-season and tournament titles in all four seasons and was the only player in Big Eight history to be named the tournament MVP three times. Noth was on the first NU team to play in the NCAA Tournament (1982), and she was the first player in program history to reach 1,000 kills. She returned to NU in 1988 to serve as an assistant coach and she's the first NU female athlete to have her jersey retired.

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