Athlete. A three sport athlete at Lincoln High, Bernie was an all-state back in football, a starter on the 1930 state championship basketball team and a track star. Moving on to UNL, he starred from 1931 to 1933 as a back on three straight unbeaten Big Six championship teams. He was selected All-Big Six in 1933. He played quarterback for the Chicago Bears from 1934 to 1940 when the Bears were known as the “Monsters of the Midway.” During his pro career, the Bears were 59-19-3 and were in three NFL championship play offs. Bernie has an NFL career total of 3,372 passing yards and 35 touchdowns. He came back to Nebraska as head football coach in 1940 for two years. Bernie was inducted into the Nebraska Football Hall of Fame in 1977.
Bernie Masterson – Lincoln High
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