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Nebraska Quarterback Adrian Martinez stands with his back to the camera in a dark red room
Photo Credit: Paul Bellinger

Unveiling the Cover of Hail Varsity’s 2019 Husker Football Yearbook

June 14, 2019

The Hail Varsity 2019 Husker Football Yearbook has officially been sent to the printer. That means nearly 200 pages of Nebraska football stories, previews and more will be hitting newsstands and mailboxes shortly. It’s something you don’t want to miss, and you can guarantee you won’t by subscribing to the magazine by Monday, June 17. Don’t delay.

Everyone has seen that NCAA commercial. You know the one where the student-athlete is shown going through his day, from class to practice to a game. The 30-second spot received a lot of criticism from current and former student-athletes for missing the mark on just what they do in a day. It was understandable, too. How could you even begin to explain a student-athlete’s day with only 30 seconds?

Months before that NCAA commercial debuted, I actually asked that very question. What does a Nebraska football player’s life really look like, from sunup to sundown? More specifically, what does quarterback Adrian Martinez’s day look like? The only way to really understand it was to live it myself. And on the day of Nebraska’s 11th spring football practice, I did just that.

I don’t want to give away too many details now, because I want you to pick up a copy of the yearbook. There’s something about physically holding a copy of the 2019 Husker Football Yearbook that will let you feel like you spent a day with Martinez too.  Trust me.

Martinez is only a sophomore but he is already leading the way nationally when it comes to season previews for the 2019 season. It was a no-brainer to feature him on the cover of the 2019 Husker Football Yearbook, but there’s something a little more striking about his image this year. Taken by the great Paul Bellinger, Martinez is engulfed in red and looking off into the distance. He’s present in the moment, ready to lead.

It’s his time, after all. You know, after he’s done with class, practice, workouts, homework, meals . . .

Paul Bellinger

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