Everybody Loves Tanner: Nebraska Guard's Speech on Work Ethic Goes Viral
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Everybody Loves Tanner: Nebraska Guard’s Speech on Work Ethic Goes Viral

September 19, 2018

Tanner Farmer struck a chord with quite a few people.

In the short time since his senior year began, the offensive lineman has become known for giving impassioned speeches, but maybe his most moving came during Monday's press conference.

“The way I look at is that you’re always going to have some guys on the team that resist buying in," he said when asked about coach Scott Frost's postgame comments following last Saturday's 24-19 loss to Troy. "This coaching staff has set a precedent of what they want, what they expect, and we have a good group of guys who are leading the way and setting the standards. But, you always have a few guys that just aren’t quite buying in and that can be the difference between winning and losing games by a few points. It can be the difference between winning by 30 points or losing by 20 points. You would be surprised how big of a difference a few guys not buying in can make on a team.

"So, he is pretty much saying to any guys who aren’t buying in, either buy in or move out for the guy that is going to buy in. As leaders, we have to step in and we need to hold these guys responsible. Sometimes it’s just that they don’t know any better. They don’t know how to buy in. They think they’re buying in but they don’t truly understand what buying in means. So, we need to set a good example and we need to hold them accountable.

“When I first got here, I thought I worked hard in high school, to be a wrestler, to be a football player and I was pretty good at both. And I thought I was working hard. And then I got to college and I worked just as hard as I did in high school and I didn’t do crap. So, it is just a whole new level. If you succeed in high school, you have to be ready to amp it up, go even harder. It is truly just committing everything.

"I don’t have free time. I am up from dusk until dawn dedicating myself to football and schoolwork. I make sure I am passing my classes and I want to do everything I can. You’re doing extra stuff, if you want to go to yoga or watch more film that’s what it takes. You don’t really get a social life during football season. Either leave it or take it.”

A video of what he said went viral Monday and has stretched beyond just the realms of Husker fandom.

In the Hail Varsity mentions have been football coaches, basketball coaches, baseball coaches, softball coaches, volleyball coaches, track and field programs, wrestling coaches, public speakers and student-athletes across the country, both at the collegiate and high school level.

Florida Atlantic's head football coach, Lane Kiffin, a Lincoln native, chimed in.

Hawaii head football coach Nick Rolovich chimed in.

So did Western Kentucky's defensive coordinator.

And more.

Former Nebraska basketball center Duby Okeke even showed Farmer some love.

Even some of the most notable names in football had something to say.

As of writing this, Farmer's speech has been watched over 1.3 million times on Twitter and that number is still growing. Even though he's talking about guys resisting a culture change, he's sort of become a shining example of the kind of locker room Frost wants.

The team motto is "One Team, One Heartbeat." Farmer's words are some of the most team-centric you'll hear all. After the latest loss, Frost told his team in the locker room to either work harder or "get out now." Asked if anyone has taken him up on that, he said it wasn't really about pushing guys away immediately, but more about getting out in front of any that might quit down the road.

"Coming into Nebraska and hearing about how things went down last year I want to make sure that nobody decides to go off on their own," he said. "We’re all in this together. There’s a lot that had to be fixed, we fixed a lot of it, but there’s still a lot more to be fixed. 

"Typically it’s older guys. If you’re going to have some frustrating things that happen to you at the beginning of the season, they are bought in but not completely. That’s just what I don’t want to see. I want to see the old guys doing things the right way training young guys, everybody just fighting harder. It’s going to take more discipline, more attention to detail than these guys have done and that we’ve held them accountable to yet.”  

Frost definitely doesn't need to worry about Farmer.


One fan even put aside their questionable choices in program loyalty in order to shout out Farmer.

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