"I think there is a gender bias against it and I feel like I have to do better to show I deserve to be on the team." -- Sam Guyer, first man to make UNL flag line
This past Saturday Huskers game was a first for many. Not only was it the largest attendance, but also the first time a man performed in the university's flag line.
Just like the rush football players feel, performances during half-time is always nerve-racking.
"Words don't describe. It's excitement. It's fear. It's a lot of fear," said Sam Guyer, the first man to make it on UNL flag line. He performed during half-time on Saturday.
"I think there is a gender bias against it and I feel like I have to do better to show I deserve to be on the team," said Guyer.
Approximately 60 people tried out, and only half made it on the team. Guyer was one of them.
He was on color guard all through Lincoln Southeast High School and admits, at times, it was tough.
"There were moments that were difficult and name calling, but it's worth it because it's something I love," said Guyer.
But through support of his parents, coach, and friends, he stuck with it. And he found that being a man in this sport is beneficial for some moves.
"Some tosses are difficult if you are smaller stature and as a guy we can get up way higher and make it spin faster. It's a lot of fun," said Guyer.
He hopes more men will try out. It takes a lot of skill, technique, and discipline with practice two hours everyday.
For Guyer, his greatest benefit -- the people.
"I thought it would be an easy way to make a lot of friends and do something I enjoy and to take out the stress factor in college," said Guyer.
The flag line has been around UNL for the past 39 years.
We spoke with his coach who says Guyer has an amazing presence on the field and she hopes more men will audition.
He's been only the third man to audition since 2002.