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Class of 1978 - Inducted 1997 / 1999
Dave was inducted into the SHSAA Hall of Fame in 1999 and SHSAA Packer Sports Greats in 1997.
Former Husker Center, Lombardi and Outland Trophy winner Dave Rimington was honored when the Big Ten Conference announced his name would be part of a new set of trophies created to recognize the league's rich and storied history.
Rimington, a member of the College Football Hall of Fame, and Ohio State's Orlando Pace were chosen to represent past legends and leaders on trophies that future generations of Big Ten athletes will compete to win. The Big Ten Offensive Line Player of the Year will be awarded the Rimington-Pace Trophy.
The awards are part of a lineup of 18 new trophies unveiled in conjunction with the Big Ten's announcement of new football division names and a new logo for the 2011-12 academic year.
During his career, the Omaha South grad helped the Huskers win back-to-back Big Eight titles in 1981 and 1982. Nebraska led the nation in rushing during his senior season.
A four-year letterman and three-year starter, Rimington was named team captain and capped his senior season by winning the 1982 Lombardi Award. Also, a two-time first-team academic All-American, Rimington was honored by the NCAA as a Top-Five Student-Athlete and was selected as a National Football Foundation and College Football Hall of Fame Scholar-Athlete in 1982. He was also a three-time first-team academic All-Big Eight choice from 1980 to 1982. In 1999, he was selected to the Walter Camp All-Century team.
In 2004, Rimington became the first Nebraska student-athlete in history to be inducted into the CoSIDA Academic All-America Hall of Fame. A first-round draft choice of the Cincinnati Bengals in 1983, Rimington played five seasons with the Bengals, and played two seasons with the Philadelphia Eagles before retiring in 1989.
A holder of a Master's Degree in International Business from the University of Wisconsin, it is what David Rimington has accomplished since his football career ended that has earned him recognition by the Hall of Fame committee. David is the President of the Boomer ESIASON Foundation, an organization dedicated to providing support for research aimed at finding a cure for cystic fibrosis. In addition to supporting research, the Foundation works to heighten awareness of this disease and to provide a better quality of life for those so afflicted.
In 2000, the first Rimington Award sponsored by the Boomer ESIASON Foundation to honor college football's center of the year was presented to Nebraska center Dominic Raiola, whose jersey No. 54 was retired in 2002. The annual award is presented in Lincoln.