Sixty-four students from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln College of Business Administration were recognized at the 2013 Student-Athlete Recognition Banquet. They were honored for achieving a minimum 3.5 GPA.
Jeremiah Sirles, a senior offensive lineman from Lakewood, Colo., was one of the 14 members of the Husker football recognized. He will graduate with a management degree in May, though retains one year of football eligibility for next season.
Excelling in athletics and academics has always been a priority for Sirles.
“It’s always been extremely important for me to get good grades,” he said. “One day my playing days will be over, and I will be able to go out and find a job with a high GPA and diploma in hand.”
The flexibility of having a business degree is something that appealed to him.
“I really appreciate all the professors and graduate students I’ve had over the past four years at CBA,” Sirles said. “Having a business degree to fall back on will make life much easier after football.”
Nevertheless, the hard work did mean making sacrifices.
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“Between August and January my social life was non-existent,” Sirles said. “The class team projects were hard, because my football schedule didn’t allow me do things until after 8:00 p.m. Eventually, I just accepted that was going to be my life in college.”
Sirles started every game at right tackle during the 2012 campaign leading the Huskers to the top of many offensive statistical categories in the nation. He earned second-team All-Big Ten honors from the league’s coaches and media panel. He was also placed on the Husker’s Brook Berringer Citizenship Team for his community service and volunteer efforts. Even with all the football accolades, he knows that his academic achievements are even more important at the University.
“My parents were almost more excited to come up to the academic banquet then they were the previous weekend for the spring game,” he said. “It’s nice to be recognized as a great student, because it really disproves the stereotype of being a big dumb ‘helmet head’ that society often labels athletes.”