Tom Osborne, former Nebraska football coach said Saturday he plans to seek the Republican nomination for governor in 2006 .
Osborne, 68, has hinted about seeking the gubernatorial nomination for months, though he said the decision took him more than a year to make. Osborne, who had open heart surgery 20 years ago, said he had a physical and talked with his doctor “to make sure I’d be vertical for the next five years.”
Osborne has parlayed his enormous popularity in the state into a successful political career. After winning three national titles in his last four years at Nebraska, he received 82 percent of the vote in his first run for Congress in 2000, 93 percent in his re-election bid in 2002 and 87 percent last year.
On a personal note I would have hoped that Tom Osborne would have chose a run at the US Senate in 2006; however, with a track record that he has and popularity his run for Governor will be a successful one.