Muskin, Leonard : Jews In Sports @ Virtual Museum

Muskin, Leonard

Muskin played at Nebraska in 1940 when the Huskers participated in the school's first-ever bowl appearance. According to newspaper reports, the celebration that followed the acceptance of the school’s first bowl bid lasted 24 hours in Lincoln, and classes at the University were canceled. Students stormed the state capitol, demanding that the governor lead the singing of the school song, "There Is No Place Like Nebraska." In the game, Nebraska lost to Stanford, 21-13. Muskin later won two Navy Crosses during World War II.

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Career Highlights:
Muskin played guard at Nebraska for three seasons. In 1938, the Huskers had a record of 3-5-1. The following year, they finished the season ranked No. 18, improving to 7-1-1; their only loss was to No. 6 Missouri, 27-13. In 1940, the Huskers had one of the top teams in the nation. After losing to eventual national champion Minnesota in the season opener, 13-7, Nebraska breezed through the rest of their schedule with ease. They won their next eight games by a combined score of 163-41 to set up a showdown with No. 2 Stanford in the Rose Bowl. Although No. 7 Nebraska fell to Stanford, who used the innovative T-formation offense, Nebraska remained one of the country's most successful football programs. One of Stanford's top players was end, Stan Graff.


Career Dates:
Muskin played guard at Nebraska from 1938-1940.

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