Published November 12, 2013
OMAHA, Neb. – 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.