John Faiman

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John Faiman
Nebraska Cornhuskers
Position Quarterback
Career history
College Nebraska (1960–1962)
High school Omaha South
Personal information
Date of birth (1941-06-24)June 24, 1941
Place of birth Omaha, Nebraska
Date of death June 16, 2012(2012-06-16) (aged 70)

John Faiman (June 24, 1941 – June 16, 2012) of Omaha, Nebraska was a University of Nebraska Cornhusker quarterback.[1] A two-time All-American quarterback at Omaha South High School, Faiman played quarterback for the Huskers from 1960 to 1962, starting the first game of 1962 which also was the first game for new head coach Bob Devaney. Faiman was head coach of the Bellevue West High School Thunderbirds in Bellevue, Nebraska.

Faiman died on June 16, 2012, of a brain aneurysm at the age of 71.

Early career[edit]

John Faiman was a standout quarterback for Omaha South High School. He was selected as a Senior Scholastic Magazine All-American his junior year in 1958. As a senior in 1959 he was selected as a Teen Magazine All-American Midwest HC, guiding the Packers to a share in the state title;[2] He also led the Nebraska high school Shrine Bowl South team to a 7-6 victory over the North team at Rosenblatt Stadium in Omaha, Nebraska.[3]

College career[edit]

Faiman began his college career in 1960 at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln during the tenure of head coach, Bill Jennings. In his junior year in 1962 Faiman started as quarterback for head coach Bob Devaney's first game and season home opener with a 53-0 win over the University of South Dakota.[4][5] That same year as PAT kicker, he broke his right leg in practice in early November ending his Nebraska playing career.[6] Faiman wore numbers 11, 21, 15 during the years 1960, 1961 and 1962, respectively.[7][8][9]

Playing statistics[edit]


Passing: 11 attempts, 5 completions, 1 interception (.455) for 63 yards, (5.7 avg.).

Rushing: 5 attempts, (7 yards gain/30 yard loss) net of -23 yards, (-4.6 avg.)

Total Offense: 16 plays, 40 yards, (2.5 avg.).

Scoring: PAT kicks 10 attempts/7 made; PAT pass 1 attempt/0 made, (7 total).

Coaching career[edit]

After college Faiman began coaching in the late 1960s. In 1968 he was coaching high school football in David City, Nebraska, and served as assistant coach at the 1968 Nebraska (high school) Shrine Bowl.[11] By 1976 he returned to his alma mater, Omaha South High School, as head football coach.[12]

In 1977 Faiman was an assistant coach at Washington State University under former Nebraska player, Warren Powers. He next became the offensive line coach at University of Missouri from 1978 to 1983 under Powers.[13][14] Faiman also has been an assistant coach at the University of Utah and Kansas State University.[15] Regarding coaching college football, Faiman is quoted as saying: "Cletus Fischer (former Nebraska assistant coach) told me to get out of college football, because everyone was getting fired - I'm glad I did."[16]

Faiman held the position of head football coach at Bellevue West High School in Bellevue, Nebraska since 1985, earning ten state playoff appearances.[17] He has also served as past staff of Rimington Youth Football Camp (a football camp run by fellow Omaha South High School alum and Nebraska Cornhusker player Dave Rimington).[18]

Personal life[edit]

Fairman has two sons who played football at Bellevue West High School. One son, Kelly, played in the 1989 Nebraska Shrine Bowl,[19] and the other, John, played fullback during Bellevue's 2005 season.[20]


  1. ^ "John Faiman Jr Obituary". June 18, 2013. 
  2. ^ Omaha World Herald
  3. ^ Shrine Bowl has had special performances over the years
  4. ^ Nebraska Cornhuskers
  5. ^ Huskernews 1962
  6. ^ Nebr. vs. Kansas 1962
  7. ^ 1960 Nebraska Cornhusker Roster
  8. ^ 1961 Nebraska Cornhusker Roster
  9. ^ 1962 Nebraska Cornhusker Roster
  10. ^
  11. ^ Shrine Bowl Head Coaches and Assistant Coaches 1959-2007
  12. ^ Shrine Bowl has had special performances over the years
  13. ^ Omaha World Herald, Tom Shatel: Future columnist shows the write stuff
  14. ^ Bellevue West coach played a hand in 1978 Tiger win
  15. ^
  16. ^ Omaha World Herald, Tom Shatel: Future columnist shows the write stuff
  17. ^ Bellevue West coach played a hand in 1978 Tiger win
  18. ^
  19. ^ Shrine Bowl Alumni Roster
  20. ^ 2005-2006 NSSA Directory School