Since 1985, the Dick Butkus Award has been given to the top linebacker in the NCAA. In 1993, Trev Alberts won the award. As a senior at the University of Nebraska, he was a consensus first team All-American, Big Eight Defensive Player of the Year, and the Big Eight Male Athlete of the Year. He even won the Today's Top Six Award (now known as the Top Eight Award) for demonstrating excellence on the field and off the field by earning good grades, modeling positive character traits, and by being a leader to his teammates.
His most memorable college game was the last game he played for the Cornhuskers. It was Nebraska's chance to finish off their undefeated season and beat the #1 ranked team in the nation, Florida State. FSU's Heisman Trophy winner Charlie Ward brought the Seminoles down to the 3 yard line with a last minute drive, where they nailed the game winning field goal with 21 seconds remaining. Nebraska actually had a chance to win the game with a last second field goal, but missed. In the loss, Alberts had 6 tackles including 3 sacks for a loss of 29 yards. According to Wikipedia, the amazing thing is up until this game FSU quarterbacks had only been sacked 5 times their whole season.
Three months later he was rewarded for all of his hard work at Nebraska by the Indianapolis Colts, when he was selected 5th in the 1994 NFL Draft.
Unfortunately his NFL career was plagued with injuries. Mr. Alberts finished his 3 year career with 4 sacks and 1 interception. During those three seasons, he only started 7 games. Obviously the Colts and their fans were expecting much more from their 1994 #5 pick. But there's a bright side to this story. His career stats has earned him a spot in my Sports Card Bust PC.
Well at least the Colts didn't screw up too bad in 1994. They drafted Marshall Faulk with their #2 pick. But that's another story.
Oh... I almost forgot... here's your question of the day: Who do you think is the next addition to my Sports Card Bust PC? Now before you answer, I'm going to make it a little contest within the contest. Everyone who participates by submitting a guess will receive the usual 1 point. However, anyone who guesses the correct answer (card is in hand and will be posted either tomorrow or Saturday) will receive 3 points. It's okay to steal someone else's guess.
Expect a few more contests within the contest to help spice things up in the leader board. For now, here's a breakdown of the leaders (as of 7am on Thursday, Aug. 12)
TJ - 8 points
G Moses - 8 points
Hoopography - 7 points
dkwilson - 7 points
Tony MC - 7 points
BA Benny - 7 points
Spastikmooss - 7 points
Cam - 7 points
82Redbirds - 7 points
Play at the Plate - 6 points
night owl - 2 points
Sal - 2 points
Steve D - 2 point
John - 2 point
Redsox101 - 1 point
Captain Canuck - 1 point
(...Joe) - 1 point
longlivethewho - 1 point
And for those who have taken the time to read the whole post (or to those who have skipped my blabbering) here are a few clues to help you with the contest:
A. Go back and check to see who's already in my Sports Card Bust PC (I won't add the same player twice).
B. It's a NFL player (current or retired, I'm not saying).
C. He'll be a top 5 draft pick (one of my prerequisites for being in this prestigious collection).
Good luck... and I look forward to reading your responses. By the way, if you haven't done so already... there's still time to promote the contest on your blog to receive an extra 5 points. Thanks to everyone for participating in the contest!