Tom Osborne always loved football. It ran in his family. His grandfather Osborne and his father, Charles, both played for Hastings College in Nebraska. It stood to reason that when Osborne graduated from high school, he too would play football for Hastings College. He did. Osborne was a star quarterback and basketball player, receiving his bachelor's degree in 1959. After college, he went pro, playing for three years for the Washington Redskins and the San Francisco 49ers. Then he wanted to go back to school. So, Osborne went home to Nebraska, got his Masters and Ph.D. in education and started to teach.
During his early years of teaching at Nebraska, he volunteered to assist the head coach, Bob Devaney. In 1962, Osborne met and married Nancy Tederman. When their first of three children was born in 1965, Osborne had to choose between teaching and coaching. He told Devaney he would like to coach full time. Suddenly, Osborne was the assistant football coach for Nebraska. During his first season under Devaney, Nebraska won the Big 8 Title and the Sugar Bowl. In 1973, Osborne became head coach, a position he held until 1997. In his more than twenty years as the head coach, Osborne never won fewer than nine games in a season. When he retired, his record made him the most winning active football coach in NCAA Division 1-A. Under Osborne, Nebraska players earned All-American honors fifty-five times, Academic All-American honors forty-six times, and, during his last five years as head coach, the Huskers went 60-3 and won three national championships in 1994, 1995, and 1997.
On January 3, 2001, Osborne was sworn in as a member of the U.S. House of Representatives. Osborne represents Nebraska's Third District. He sits on the Committees on Agriculture, Education and the Workforce, and Resources. He is working to make agriculture more profitable, expand access to Internet, and strengthening rural education. Osborne is also the author of several books including "More Than Winning" and "Faith in the Game."
Osborne was initiated into Hastings Chapter DeMolay in Hastings, Nebraska, in 1953. He received the Legion of Honor in 1984. Osborne was a member of the first class to be inducted into the DeMolay Hall of Fame on November 13, 1986.
"I enjoyed my association with DeMolay in my youth and believe that DeMolay has served the young people of the United States well over a long period of time."