A LIFETIME IN FOOTBALL
Kent McCloughan worked in a Broken Bow, Nebraska supermarket and tuned in to Husker games on the radio when he was a kid. That would be the last occupation he held that didn’t have anything to do with football.
Today, this legend of the early Devaney years works for the Oakland Raiders association and pushes the Raiders shopping basket through the corridors of school football searching for the perfect match of ability and disposition to make silver and dark history.
“I invest a ton of energy out and about,” he said during a meeting from his Colorado home. “A large portion of my work includes talking. I converse with mentors, and mentors, and different players and attempt to discover how much a person loves football and how extreme he will be.” He likewise invests loads of energy taking a gander at film so on NFL draft day, he can respond to an inquiry like a flash and help the Raiders make the perfect picks that may some time or another get them back to the Super Bowl.
That is one Nebraska record McCloughan will consistently hold. He was the main previous Husker to at any point 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 began that game as a cornerback. There could be no Super Bowl Championship ring deficiency in the McCloughan home, notwithstanding. “I have three of them,” he said.
The Raiders association got McCloughan not through the draft, but rather by means of a call from a Nebraska coach.
“I was drafted in the third round by Washington and in the eleventh by Houston,” McCloughan clarified. “Washington had two all-geniuses where I would almost certainly play and Houston won’t ever get back to. That is the point at which I called George Sullivan and he called Al Davis.”
The Raiders exchanged for McCloughan and it has been a football love illicit relationship from that point forward. One of his children works with him and is likewise a scout. He has two different young men, one is a scout for Seattle and the other is a homebuilder in Colorado. His significant other is his Broken Bow secondary school darling.
The gifted Broken Bow running back had the consideration of the greater part of the schools in the Big 8 including fascinating proposals from Colorado, Kansas, and Northwestern. 7m Yet, Nebraska won. The Bill Jennings bunch had the ball moving two or three perceptible surprises of Oklahoma and Bob Devaney was en route to Lincoln.
McCloughan spent his first year in the Jennings time and came out terminating under Devaney as a sophomore. He scored his first of eighteen vocation scores during the 1962 South Dakota opener, a 53-0 defeat.
“I’m glad I was one of those folks,” he said. “We got the ball going.” Indeed they did. In the subsequent game, Nebraska dropped Michigan in Ann Arbor, 25-13 giving Devaney his first huge success. Nine successes and just a 16-7 Homecoming misfortune to Missouri and a 34-6 misfortune to Oklahoma destroyed the Devaney period debut. Their prize end up being another perpetual Husker mark. This Husker group is the solitary Husker group to at any point play a football match-up in Yankee Stadium. The Huskers beat Miami in the Gotham Bowl in a nearby one, 36-34.
“It was so cool the ground was frozen,” McCloughan reviewed. “My spikes didn’t work so I got Coach Corgan to give me his sneakers.”
Indeed, even in freezing cold, Husker fever was getting on. 1963 was one of those nearby practically National Championship years for the Huskers. They would go 10-1 and McCloughan recalls the misfortune.
“We didn’t compensate fairly against Air Force,” he said. “Late, they got behind us on a pass and we didn’t make up for lost time. We beat Oklahoma which was acceptable.” The 17-13 misfortune to Air Force would keep the Huskers out of any title trusts yet put them in the Orange Bowl and a success against Auburn, 13-7.
Nebraska was beginning to stand out enough to be noticed by the two surveyors and fans. The pressed sellout record began in 1962 developed more noteworthy with the consummation of the South arena in 1964. By the fourth round of the period, Nebraska was appraised eighth in the country and climbing every week. By the last game, Nebraska was evaluated fourth. Oklahoma stood by quietly for the opportunity to seek retribution and got it in Norman, 17-7. Nebraska lost the Cotton Bowl to Arkansas, 10-7.
McCloughan got All Big 8 Conference praises and All Big 8 Conference Academic distinctions. He was likewise drafted into the Nebraska Football Hall of Fame in 1993. In any case, dissimilar to so many, his football days have never finished.
“I appreciate making a trip around to the various colleges,” he said. On a new outing to Norman, Oklahoma he saw something in their prize room. “There was an image of Bud Wilkinson warmly greeting Nebraska’s Bobby Reynolds. What a competitor he was. He could run sideways just as here and there the field.”
McCloughan, alongside the backfield of “Thunder” Thornton, Bobby Hohn, and Dennis Claridge carried a great deal of energy to Lincoln, as well. They set the bar sufficiently high that the two mentors and fans could see a National Championship simply on the opposite side.
“I was a ruined child emerging from Broken Bow however before long figured out how to make a solid effort to acquire what I got. We got executed in the scout group yet I learned on the off chance that you will succeed, you need to buckle down. Mentors like Jim Ross made a man out of me.”
Also, players like Kent McCloughan got the Big Red fever rolling.