LINCOLN, Neb. — Senior wide receiver Gabe Rahn thought he was in trouble. He had been called into the office of Dan Van De Riet, Nebraska’s Associate Athletics Director for Football. No one goes to see Van De Riet — also known as DVD — unless there’s a problem.
“[The coaches] made me believe that I was in trouble for something over the weekend,” Rahn said. “I didn’t know what it was, but they called me to DVD’s office and you never get called to DVD’s office unless you’re in trouble. They kind of had me going that I was in trouble for something but it was kind of a low key ordeal.
“They just had me talking and they told me they liked the work I was putting in and they put me on scholarship.”
Rahn thought there was a chance he could earn a scholarship. He hoped, at least. But as the days passed and no word had come from coach Mike Riley, Rahn and his teammates grew more and more curious.
Needless to say, Rahn was completely surprised when he heard the news.
“It usually happens at the end of fall camp and it didn’t this year,” Rahn said. “So we were wondering when it was going to happen, but I had no idea until [they told me].”
Because he found out just before practice Rahn, who is from Le Mars, Iowa, had to wait to call those he loved. But once he was able to, he spent most of the night on the phone.
He first called his wife, followed by his parents, grandparents and brother. They were the people he relied on most as a walk-on when he questioned if he was cut-out to be with the Huskers or not.
“I had a lot of doubts but I [had a] support system with my dad and my brother especially and my wife and the rest of my family,” Rahn said. “They really kept me going and kept encouraging me. They came to practice and said, ‘Gabe, you can do this.’ ”
It was Rahn’s sophomore year when things started to click. He was getting bigger and stronger, and he felt like he could genuinely play and compete against those beside him. It was then he knew he could get to where he is today.
And Rahn made the case his junior year. Playing behind a deep and veteran receiving corps, the 6-foot-1, 195-pound receiver made the most of the action he saw in six games. The highlight was a 35-yard touchdown catch against Wyoming.
One week away from the start of his senior season, Rahn is ready. He’s also relieved. While he is still in a state of disbelief, he’s excited and grateful for the opportunity he’s been given.
“It’s a dream come true. It’s an absolute dream come true,” Rahn said. “You put in all that work and you sometimes pay for school yourself so it’s a blessing to get to go to school for free now and play football and do something you love to do and not having to worry down the road about paying all that school back.”
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