Tommie Frazier: An All-Time Great Deserves His Due

Scott CollierContributor IJune 1, 2009

This Quarterback was 33-3 as a starter.

He had 83 career touchdowns despite playing in an offense that didn't throw the ball much.

His stats are somewhat overshadowed now that the spread offense is in full force.

But stats be damned, Tommie Frazier also led the Nebraska Cornhuskers to one of the greatest seasons in college football history and one of the greatest three-year stretches by any team.

In 1995, the Huskers were dominant; I'm talking "beating four top-10 teams by no less than 23 points" dominant. They were so dominant that they defeated No. 2 Florida by 38 points in one of the most epic championship game performances ever, which was capped off by one of the greatest runs by a quarterback when Frazier broke at least seven tackles and ran 75 yards for a touchdown.

One season prior, this quarterback finally showed the world that coach Tom Osborne could win the big game when they knocked off Miami in the Orange Bowl.

Frazier led his team to four consecutive New Year's Day bowl games when that still meant something, and as his career moved along so did his status as an all-time great— THE all-time great.

Others may boast better stats and more awards, but no one had more of an impact on his program, and no one made more of an impact in big games.

When Frazier got to Nebraksa to run their option offense, the Cornhuskers had lost several blowout bowl games in succession. When Frazier left, he was a two-time national champion and a missed field goal away from being a three-time national champion. Frazier was also a three-time MVP of the national championship game.

With Osborne's career constantly being criticized for big-game failures, Tommie Frazier took the weight of the Husker Nation on his back and carried his coach from great to all-time great status.

If you compare any of his individual seasons to other big-time quarterbacks, he may not match up; if you compare his career to other big-time quarterbacks, it's not even close.