This week, Nebraska will honor its senior football players in their game against Maryland.
In a game that will be high with emotion, starting quarterback Tommy Armstrong Jr. will be held out with an injury to his hamstring. Armstrong was initially a game-time decision before it was officially announced that he would not play.
After Armstrong learned he would not suit up for his final home game, he wrote a heartfelt message to Cornhuskers fans on social media.
First I want to thank the university of Nebraska for allowing me to be a part of such a great team. Secondly I would like to say thank you to the fans who have always been a part of my life these past 5 years. You guys have supported not only me but this team through all tough times and great times. I know I promised that I would play but some times there are things you just can't recover from as fast. I would kill to be out there one last time with my boys but I know they will do just fine. I just want the fans in nebraska to know I gave it my all and it saddens me to walk out there my last time without that uniform on again with my brothers. I'll always cherish the moments I left on this field and the friendships I made. I will soak in every moment I can this last home game because I know I will never see another fan base like this again. You guys are truly the greatest fans in the world. You have been more than just fans to me over my career at Nebraska. You have been like a family to me!!!! And for that I say Thank You!!! Thank You HuskerNation for all the years you believed in me. #GBR
Armstrong Jr. has sustained injuries in back to back weeks that have caused him to miss time on the field. In Nebraska’s blowout loss to Ohio State, Armstrong slammed his head against the turf while diving out of bounds. He would lay motionless for several minutes before being carted off and taken directly to the hospital.
After being cleared to play the following week against Minnesota, he sustained an injury to his hamstring.
The Cornhuskers have one more regular season game remaining on their schedule against Iowa and Armstrong Jr. should be ready to play for that game. However, that game will be played on the road, making this the last time he would have been able to play for his home fans.
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