More than 2,000 schools, including Cedar Catholic High School, and nearly 3,000 individuals were honored through an NFL 50th anniversary program.
Cedar Catholic graduate Russ Hochstein, a Sporting News All-American for the Nebraska Cornhuskers in 2000, took the opportunity to tell the students how much he owes to the town of Hartington for helping him find so much success in the world.
“I was raised in Hartington,” Hochstein told the students, proudly.
The former Nebraska Cornhusker and New England Patriots offensive guard told the students how growing up in Hartington made him the type of person he is today.
Hochstein, now married and the father of three, realizes the important role community and school play in a student’s life, and encouraged the students to understand and appreciate the gift their families and schools are giving them.
Shaking hands and giving hugs for about 20 minutes following his presentation, Hochstein made sure to say hello to old friends and thank people for their support over the years.
He was a team captain for the Huskers as a senior. He has also been enshrined in the Nebraska Cornhusker and Nebraska High School Sports Halls of Fame. He currently helps coach football at a Catholic school in Massachusetts.