Board of Pardons grants Johnny Rodgers follow-up hearing

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By Tim McNicholas


Updated: Tue, 08 Oct 2013 07:08:24 CST

Johnny Rodgers is the only Heisman winner to be convicted of a felony before receiving the trophy.

That's a title that's haunted him for over 40 years.

The Nebraska football star is seeking a pardon for the 1970 robbery.

Nebraska's Pardons Board decided today to grant him a follow–up hearing, which will take place November 14th.

Rodgers was convicted in 1985 of assault—an accusation he appealed and overturned.

The 1972 Heisman trophy winner admits he was in the wrong when he robbed the gas station for 91 dollars.

But he says he's faced up to it.

Since then Rodgers has worked with the University of Nebraska to support struggling athletes.

"Over the last forty years I've been fairly decent in my mind. I'm not God,” Rodgers said. “ I have made some mistakes. But not very many and not very big.”

Rodgers has had his civil rights restored since 1973. But he says absolution would give him some closure.