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"Forever Red is a perfect blend of humor and insightful commentary."—Lincoln Journal Star
(Lincoln Journal Star)

"Through the years, my experiences in the world of Big Red football have been fairly extensive so it isn't often that I come upon something unique and refreshing in our Husker realm. And I must admit that for the first time ever, I've come across 'velociraptors' roving from sideline-to-sideline and to being 'flummoxed' on the football field. Outstanding! This is all part of the deep post pattern for a score that Steve Smith has thrown in Forever Red: Confessions of a Cornhusker Football Fan. . . Although I'm sure he'd rather characterize it as a 76 yard speed option play for a touchdown and a national championship! This is a marvelous microcosm of where Big Red fever can take you. From the tether and pull of blind acceptance and unequivocal support of the program to disappointment, doubt, and frustration. As Smith mentions, when the years move on to more reasoned recognition, but in Nebraska, this microcosm easily morphs to a type of quasi Big Red macrocosm which engulfs the state and reaches far beyond into the world of college football. Smith captures all of this in this highly personal, soul-baring experience. And finally, Forever Red is all about passion . . . Having a passion for what you do and how you feel . . . How to use your passion to enhance your life, and, more importantly, enhance the world and the lives around us. Forever Red: Confessions of a Cornhusker Football Fan . . . Confessions which merit 3 Hail Marys and has nothing to do with absolution!"—Adrian Fiala, Nebraska football, 1965-1970, and Color Voice of the Huskers on the Pinnacle Sports Network, 17 years
(Adrian Fiala)

"In Forever Red Steve Smith captures the true spirit of the state of Nebraska and what makes it tick. You will quickly recognize yourself, family members, and friends in Smith’s hilarious observations and stories about Nebraska football history, as seen through the eyes of its fans. This is a must-read not only for Cornhuskers but for true sports fans everywhere."—Charlie McBride, former Nebraska defensive coordinator
(Charlie McBride)

"Much has been written about Nebraska football, but nothing quite like this. Steve Smith treats a sometimes-solemn subject with self-effacing humor and insight belying his assertion that Cornhusker football fans aren’t unique. In fact, they are. And Forever Red is Exhibit A. It is not only about football but also about growing up in small-town Nebraska, which is as good as it gets."—Mike Babcock, author of Stadium Stories: Nebraska Cornhuskers
(Mike Babcock)

“Thinking about these things with Smith will not spoil your fall season. In fact, ‘Forever Red’ might make it better. Worth a read in states well outside the domain of the old Big Eight or even the new Big 12.”—El Dorado Times
(El Dorado Times)

About the Author

Steve Smith is an award-winning journalist now working as online editor for the Lincoln Journal Star.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: University of Nebraska Press (September 1, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0803243103
  • ISBN-13: 978-0803243101
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.6 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,016,666 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I highly reccommend this book to all Cornhusker fans!
Iowa Husker
I read this book every summer before the season starts to get myself pumped for the upcoming year of football.
drewmg
Forever Red is an excellent Husker fan book and would make a great present for any college football fan.
Jon Johnston

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By CFP Runner on July 25, 2005
Format: Hardcover
Steve Smith is a gifted writer and he has captured his love of the Huskers in this witty narrative. I simply could not put this book down. Mr. Smith's true gift is his ability to translate the emotions of a die-hard fan-the very definition of fanatical-into a character set that leaves the reader both relating to, and endeared by his love and devotion for Nebraska Football. This book isn't just for Huskers; every sports fan will enjoy its insight and humor.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Jon Johnston on December 10, 2006
Format: Hardcover
If you ever wondered what draws Husker fans to Lincoln on Saturdays in the fall, author Steve Smith lays it all out in this book. It is a humorous but honest look from one fan's perspective about the passion surrounding the draw of Husker football. Husker fans will immediately relate to this book. College football fans reading it will say to themselves "Aha! That's why they're so crazy!".

I wouldn't call this a 'fan' book as much as I'd call it a personal search by author Steve Smith trying to understand his love, passion, and fanaticism for Husker football. That search leads through his life starting with his first Husker game - a Nebraska 50-0 win over Iowa on September 20th, 1980 - to the firing of Frank Solich and the initial season of Bill Callahan. It's a journey that many of us have taken, coming from small town Nebraska to attend the University in Lincoln, where we would have expected, as Smith states "like countless hicks from the sticks, I assumed everyone in Lincoln wore Husker gear all the time".

Smith's writing is always entertaining, even when he's being brutally honest about Nebraska, saying things that we all know to be true but would never say out loud. You establish a personal relationship with him as he shares his life centered around Husker football. I thoroughly enjoyed this book as many of the memories related by Smith are similar to my own. Steve Smith has lived a mirror of my life due to our shared obsession with Husker football and coming from small-town Nebraska.

Forever Red is an excellent Husker fan book and would make a great present for any college football fan.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Iowa Husker on January 7, 2006
Format: Hardcover
I highly reccommend this book to all Cornhusker fans! Mr. Smith knows his Big Red football and understands the devotion they inspire because he is such a faithful fan himself. He accurately and humorously portrays what it means to be a Nebraska fan through the good, bad, and the ugly.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Dustin M. Dudley on December 29, 2007
Format: Hardcover
This book is great key to understanding the mind of a true Husker fan. If you grew up in Nebraska, you share an unspoken bond with the football program. One sport, and one sport only, dominates the airwaves, broadcasts, and conversation all across the state. Steve does a phenomenal job in describing his feelings, thoughts and emotions of growing up in Nebraska with football evrywhere you look.
When reading this book, you get an understanding of what it is like to be a Nebraskan, and why we have such a passion for football. The book helps make you understand why it much more than just a game, it is a way of life. Nowhere in the nation, does one team serve as the lifeforce for an entire people. Growing up in Nebraska, I have experienced and shared the same feelings and emotions. Husker football has been an emotional rollercoaster from the disappointing close calls of missed 2 point conversions and field goals that cost national championships, to the nail biter games with Oklahoma on Thansgiving, to a 60-3 record over 5 years with 3 national titles. Nebraska football means so much more than can be imagined to its fans and the residents of the great state of Nebraska. Steve lets you into the life of a Nebraskan growing up and becoming a Husker fan more and more along the way.
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