Dan Howard’s Tribute to Husker Football

Although born and raised in Iowa, Dan Howard’s passion and dedication to Nebraska football has defined his 42 years of living in Lincoln. In 2016, Howard memorialized his passion for the Huskers with two paintings in tribute to Tom Osborn and the 1997 National Champion team. Titled Tribute to T.O.: I (A Crucial Win) and Tribute to T.O.: II (T.O.’s Last TD), the paintings were created to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Osborne’s last season as Head Coach and Nebraska’s 5th National Championship.

A Crucial Win depicts the conference game against Missouri in November, 1997 – the game that famously featured Matt Davison’s “miracle catch” to score and tie the game which sent it into overtime. The scene portrayed in the painting captures the defiant moment when Grant Wistrom and Mike Rucker sacked Missouri’s Quarterback to secure a Husker win.

The subject of T.O.’s Last TD is the NU Quarterback Scott Frost scoring the final touchdown to defeat Tennessee at the Orange Bowl with Peyton Manning playing his last game as quarterback. Both paintings commemorate the trials and victories of the 1997 season that resulted in Nebraska’s 5th National title. Kiechel Fine Art is proud to display both works currently hanging in the third floor gallery. In Howard’s own words, “I’ve only missed six Nebraska football games in my 42 years living in Lincoln. I’m pleased that our gallery has football paintings and honored to have aisle seats on the 35-yard line in Section 4 in the East Stadium.”

From the Kiechel Fine Art staff and artist Dan Howard, Go Big Red.

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