HERBIE HUSKER is our featured shirt for PICK OF THE WEEK! Click the shirt, and then enter code LILRED @ checkout and receive 25% off the normal retail price! (above style is for men. Another style featuring the Lil’ Red mascot is available for women for same discount). Before (or after!) you do, you may want to read below and find out how Herbie replaced Harry….
Yes, in the beginning Harry the Husker was the official mascot of the Nebraska Cornhuskers. In 1964, uber-fan Bill Goggins, who was an art director for a farming magazine, drew up a cartoon image of Harry. He wore a red blazer and red tie, with a big red cowboy hat with a massive red “N” on the front. Harry stuck around long enough to see the Huskers win back-to-back National Championships in 1970 & 1971.
During the 1973 Cotton Bowl game against Texas is when Harry’s fate was sealed and his demise set in stone. Nebraska athletic director Don Bryant was up in the press box looking at a cartoon drawn for the Cotton Bowl media guide of a rolly-poly farmer in overalls. Bryant took an immediate liking to the rendering and commissioned artist Dirk West of Lubbock, Texas to fine tune it and bring “Herbie Husker” to life. So a Texan of all people, came up with the new Nebraska mascot!! Herbie had a makeover in 2003, and lost the overalls. He now sports the same big red cowboy hat, but wears jeans and work boots. The new look had an impression on the judges in the 2005 Capital One Mascot Challenge, as Herbie took the crown, and was named Mascot of the year!
Joining Herbie in 1993 was Lil Red. Red was voted on board after a state-wide search for a new mascot that would appeal to younger kids. Not to be outdone by his elder mascot brethren, Lil Red was elected into the Mascot Hall of Fame in 2007.