Rodgers Seeks Pardon From Nebraska
1972 Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Rodgers is a legend to Nebraska fans. Yet there’s one black mark on his record that he’s hoping to erase: His 1971 felony conviction for grand larceny stemming from his robbery (along with two accomplices) of a gas station, for which he received two years probation.
Forty-two years later, the 62-year-old Rodgers has formally filled out the paperwork requesting a hearing with the State of Nebraska’s Pardons Board.
“This type of trouble can hound you for the rest of your life and it’s hounded me for most of mine,” said Rodgers - a businessman in his hometown of Omaha - in an interview with the Lincoln Journal Star. “I tell children all the time you really have to be careful about your decisions, but even when you do make mistakes you’ve really got to overcome them.”
The state Pardons Board will consider Rodgers’ request for a hearing at its meeting on October 8th. We get the feeling that many denizens of Nebraska will be firmly in Johnny Rodgers’ corner.