All-American and 12-year NFL veteran Russ Hochstein join Nebraska’s all-time leading tackler Barrett Ruud in a group of four Huskers being inducted into the Nebraska Football Hall of Fame in 2014
.Hochstein, a two-time first-team All-Big 12 choice as an offensive guard for the Huskers in 1999 and 2000, joins 1971 All-Big Eight offensive tackle Carl Johnson and 1982 All-Big Eight offensive guard Mike Mandelko in this year’s Hall of Fame class.
Hochstein, an All-American for the Big Red in 2000, went on to an impressive 12-year career in the NFL that included a pair of Super Bowl titles with the New England Patriots (2002-08). The Hartington, Neb., native spent three seasons with the Denver Broncos (2009-11) and one with the Kansas City Chiefs in 2012.
Hochstein began his NFL career with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2001, the same team that launched Ruud’s eight-year career in the league. Ruud, who is now on staff with Coach Bo Pelini’s program, spent his first six NFL seasons with the Buccaneers from 2005 through 2010. He spent 2011 with Tennessee before closing his career in Houston in 2012. In addition to owning a Nebraska record 432 total tackles, the Lincoln native is part of the most extensive family tradition in Husker football, dating back to his great-grandfather Clarence Swanson in 1921. Barrett will join his great-grandfather and his father, Tom, in the Nebraska Football Hall of Fame.