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Longtime Nebraska athletic trainer George Sullivan dies at 91

Longtime Nebraska athletic trainer George Sullivan dies at 91
Courtesy/Former NU Athletic Trainer George Sullivan. Scott Bruhn NU Media Relations.

Lincoln, Neb. — George Sullivan, the head athletic trainer at Nebraska for 20 years and a member of the athletic program’s medical staff for more than 50, has died. He was 91.

Current head athletic trainer Jerry Weber said Sullivan died Tuesday.

Sullivan was regarded as a pioneer in athletic training practices and was inducted into the National Athletic Trainers Association Hall of Fame in 1976. Memorial Stadium’s athletic training room is named for him.

He retired from full-time work in 1994 and continued as a consultant to the athletic department and other organizations.

Sullivan grew up in Rockville and served in the Army in Germany and France during World War II. He studied physical education and physical therapy and played football at Nebraska upon his discharge. He was hired full-time as an athletic trainer in 1953 and treated players on national championship football teams coached by Bob Devaney and Tom Osborne.

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