LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) – Milton Andrew Munson’s obituary recalled his life as an Air Force veteran, pharmacist, husband and father, and as a Nebraska football fan. It was evident in a line in the obituary: “Instead of flowers, please place an irresponsible bet on Nebraska beating Iowa.”
Munson, 73, died on November 16. The obituary, written by Munson’s sons, was published Thursday in the Hastings Tribune, the Lincoln Journal Star reported. It caught fire on social media and caught the attention of two radio hosts, Josh Peterson, co-host of an afternoon sports talk show on KOZN-AM in Omaha and Jack Mitchell of KLIN- AM in Lincoln.
They decided to pay the cash and make a bet that the Huskers would surprise Friday night’s game in Lincoln, but once word got out listeners and others got in and the total rose to nearly $ 5,000.
“I mentioned it (Monday) on the air,” Peterson said. “We talked about it for four or five minutes and we said ‘This is my Venmo if you want to donate.’ It exploded. “
Munson’s son, Todd, was on the Peterson show on Tuesday and said the family would donate some of the money to Big Brothers / Big Sisters, and use it to bet on the Cornhuskers to beat the Hawkeyes, who are favored by a point-and-a-half.
Todd Munson, a writer who lives in Los Angeles, said he and his brother had a complicated relationship with their father, who struggled with bipolar disorder and drug addiction. But when they had a conversation it almost always involved the Huskers.
Milton Munson’s love for the Huskers and the game had to be a part of his story, said Todd’s brother Troy, a neurosurgeon in Des Moines, Iowa.
Nebraska quarterback Adrian Martinez is out for Friday’s game, but Todd Munson wrote on Twitter that the Huskers will be getting help from other places.
“If my old man’s ghost can’t lead the Huskers to victory on Friday, then they are truly a lost cause.”