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Johnny Rodgers, Heisman winner in '72, granted pardon for holdup of Lincoln gas station in '70

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    In this photo from Nov. 6, 2013, Johnny Rodgers laughs during an interview with the Associated Press in Omaha, Neb. On Thursday, Nov. 14, 2013, the 1972 Heisman Trophy winner will ask the Nebraska Board of Pardons to pardon his 1970 felony conviction for robbing a gas station. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik) (The Associated Press)

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    In this photo from Nov. 6, 2013, Johnny Rodgers gestures during an interview with the Associated Press in Omaha, Neb. On Thursday, Nov. 14, 2013, the 1972 Heisman Trophy winner will ask the Nebraska Board of Pardons to pardon his 1970 felony conviction for robbing a gas station. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik) (The Associated Press)

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    In this photo from Nov. 6, 2013, Johnny Rodgers pauses during an interview with the Associated Press in Omaha, Neb. On Thursday, Nov. 14, 2013, the 1972 Heisman Trophy winner will ask the Nebraska Board of Pardons to pardon his 1970 felony conviction for robbing a gas station. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik) (The Associated Press)

Johnny Rodgers, the Heisman Trophy winner for Nebraska in 1972, has been granted a pardon for his role in the holdup of a Lincoln gas station in 1970.

The Nebraska Pardons Board voted 3-0 on Thursday to pardon the 62-year-old Rodgers.

Rodgers has said he's long regretted what he called a drunken prank. It was after the last day of his freshman year that he and two other men robbed the gas station. The holdup netted $90.

The crime was first investigated as an armed robbery. Rodgers pleaded guilty to a lesser charge of felony larceny and was sentenced to two years of probation. Rodgers has repeatedly denied that he had a gun during the holdup.

A pardon restores the civil rights Rodgers lost after his conviction.

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