September 15, 2017
Every Nebraska football player has this in common – they work their tails off to excel in football and to be the best they can be. What separates senior linebacker Chris Weber from most is his ability and drive to work hard on and off the football field, which is something he’s started doing long before he came to Nebraska.
In fact, if he hadn’t worked equally hard in school as he did in athletics, he might be wearing a different-colored jersey on Saturdays in the fall.
The Omaha native was recruited by North Dakota State and South Dakota State as a senior at Elkhorn High School. However, a new option materialized when Weber received a Nebraska Regents Scholarship.
“I was looking at those two schools, and then I got offered an academic scholarship here,” Weber said. “I always wanted to go to school and not have my parents pay a lot of money. Once that academic scholarship was available, I knew right away that I wanted to come to UNL.”
There was also no question in his mind about walking on to the Husker football team. After making the team, Weber redshirted his first year, and spent a lot of time in the weight room in order to see playing time the next season. All the hard work paid off when Weber appeared in his first collegiate football game against Florida Atlantic in 2014.
“It was a lot fun,” he said. “I remember how nervous I was leading up to it. I was on special teams, and I remember just having a great time.”
Weber saw action in every game during the 2014 season. For some, that would be enough. For Weber, there was more to achieve – being placed on a football scholarship, a goal that he had set before coming to college. After two more seasons of improvement, that dream became a reality when Weber was placed on scholarship in January of 2016.
“It was a tremendous feeling,” Weber said. “It was a goal that I set when I came here, to be able to do that. Once I received it, it was cool to see how much hard work pays off and that I was able to meet the goal I had set for myself.”
While Weber spends a huge amount of time constantly improving in football, he also makes time to excel in school and give back to the community. He maintains a 3.957 cumulative grade-point average as a nutrition and health sciences major and is a three-time Academic All-Big Ten selection, a two-time CoSIDA Academic All-District VII choice and a two-time Big Ten Distinguished Scholar. The four-time member of the Tom Osborne and Brook Berringer Citizenship Teams also serves as the president of Uplifting Athletes, a non-profit organization that inspires the rare disease community with hope through sports.
“Volunteering has been one of my favorite things about being a Nebraska football player, just having the opportunity to give back,” Weber said. “I remember being a kid and looking up to the Husker athletes as role models, so to be able to be in this position and do the same thing for other kids has been so rewarding for me to see the smiles and impact we can make.”
Weber has certainly proven to be a worthwhile role model and for his work on the field, in the classroom and in the community, Weber is receiving the Sam Foltz Memorial Scholarship at today’s game.