'72 Heisman winner Johnny Rodgers eager to shake stigma of felony from gas-station holdup

Published November 12, 2013

| Associated Press

Nebraska football great Johnny Rodgers will go to the state Board of Pardons on Thursday seeking a pardon for his role in a gas-station holdup 43 years ago.

Rodgers went on to win the Heisman Trophy in 1972 but has always been dogged by the stigma of being an ex-felon. He pleaded guilty to larceny and was put on two years of probation. The holdup netted $90, split among Rodgers and two accomplices. Rodgers calls it "10 minutes of insanity."

The 62-year-old Rodgers said if he is granted a pardon, he'll seek one in California. Two felonies remain on his record in that state stemming from a 1985 confrontation with a cable-television technician.

Rodgers says he's lived a good life and wants to put his crimes behind him.

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