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Giving Thanks as a Husker

With the season of thankfulness near, Edge asked four decorated Huskers to reflect on their careers and what makes them give thanks. Two football players and two basketball players shared their appreciation for Husker Nation, for family, for opportunities and the chance to give back.

Karen Jennings

Karen Jennings Age: 43 Accolades: Nebraska record-holder for career and single-season scoring; 1992-93 Big Eight Conference Female Athlete of the Year; 1991-92 and 1992-93 CoSIDA All-American-of-the-Year Currently: Realtor, CBS Home   As a young girl in Persia, Iowa, Karen Jennings was thankful for the few hours a day she could […]

Eric Piatkowski

Eric Piatkowski Age: 43 Accolades: Record-setting forward, nicknamed “The Polish Rifle” for three-point shooting accuracy; second-highest career points in NU history; averaged 21.5 points per game as a senior Currently: Father of Paisley, Paige and Jace   For 14 years in the NBA, Eric Piatkowski struggled to balance his busy […]

Steve Warren

Steve Warren Age: 35 Accolades: 1999 First-Team All-Big 12; third-round NFL draft pick by Green Bay; Nebraska Football Hall of Fame member Currently: Founder of D.R.E.A.M. – Developing Relationships through Education, Athletics and Mentoring; Omaha Concordia High School football coach; leader of the Warren Academy, an athletic training and development […]

Eric Crouch

Eric Crouch Age: 34 Accolades: Record-setting Nebraska quarterback; 2001 winner of the Heisman Trophy, awarded annually to the most outstanding college football player in the U.S. Currently: Big Ten Network analyst; owner of Crouch Recreation   I’m most thankful for the people I’ve met and the relationships I’ve built through […]

HUG Evangelist

As a little girl, Mary Clare Sweet watched her mother practice yoga with a sense of awe. In the 1980s, yoga wasn’t yet mainstream, and Lincoln yogis like her mother met in basements to practice an ancient art form that felt exotic and special. Watching her mother, Sweet would sometimes […]

Real Estate Tycoon

Adam Briley strives daily to be a better leader. He’s read dozens of books on the topic – author John Maxwell is a favorite – and has crisscrossed the country for leadership seminars and conferences. A tattoo on Briley’s right shoulder reminds him to “burn the boats,” a phrase inspired […]

Matchmaking Maven

Courtney Hawkins knows first – hand how hard the dating game can be. “I met a lot of frogs be – fore I met my fiancé,” she confesses. Meeting the right person and falling in love takes time, Hawkins affirms. It’s tough. So for Hawkins, who honed her skills helping […]

Makeover Master

Some days, Omaha stylist Kirby Keomysay uses shears and a blow – dryer to make women look beautiful. Other days, he uses chicken wire, hot glue and Styrofoam. Keomysay, owner of Kontempo salon, has mastered the spectrum of hair styling. He’ll give women a killer blowout during Kontempo’s Happy Hour […]

Omaha’s Young & Talented

Omaha is the kind of town where a kid from Grand Island who grew up styling mannequins can win a reality TV show and start a salon – all before turning 25. Omaha is a city where a 25-year-old with a talent for love connections can count hundreds of relationships […]