Athlete. Tom Haase was the pillar of success for the Aurora Huskies in the 1986-87 school year. He was named the Omaha World-Herald and Lincoln Journal Star Athlete of the Year in 1987 after successful football, basketball and track seasons. In football, he quarterbacked Aurora to the state finals, including three straight wins over undefeated opponents. In basketball, he led the Huskies to the state championship. He qualified for the state track meet in 11 events in his high school career, winning nine medals. A Kansas Relays long jump champion, he posted what was then Nebraska’s second-best long jump with a 24-foot, 6 ½-inch effort at the state meet. He played quarterback for the Nebraska Cornhuskers, earning letters in 1990 and 1991.