Lil' Red

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Lil' Red
UniversityUniversity of Nebraska–Lincoln
ConferenceBig Ten
DescriptionWalkAround Inflatable Mascot
Origin of nameA state wide contest in 1993
First seen1994[1]
Related mascot(s)Herbie Husker
Hall of Fame2007[2]

Lil' Red is one of two mascots representing University of Nebraska–Lincoln's athletic teams. Lil' Red is the newest mascot, having been created for the 1993 season after a statewide contest run for that purpose. Associate athletic director Dr. Barbara Hibner was the driving force behind Lil' Red.[3]

Lil' Red can be seen on the sideline at Nebraska college football games at Memorial Stadium, along with other university sporting venues such as Pinnacle Bank Arena during basketball games and at the Bob Devaney Sports Center for volleyball matches. The mascot is currently produced by Signs & Shapes International, Inc. based in Omaha, Nebraska. The operator of the costume wears a "PowerBelt," a belt with an air circulation system, which brings in over 100 cubic feet (2.8 m3) of fresh outside air per minute, enough fresh air to accommodate roughly 1,000 people. Due to the mascot's incredibly light weight, the larger-than-life mascot can run, dance, crowd surf and shake hands.

Since its installment, Lil' Red has won the national championship at the NCAA National Mascot Competition in 1999, and was inducted into the Mascot Hall of Fame in 2007, which selected its winners by an online vote.[4]

The costume was designed to appeal to children and has become a recognizable piece of Nebraska athletics culture.


Lil' Red was designed in a state–wide contest that was organized by Dr. Barbara Hibner to find a mascot design that could mainly represent the school's volleyball team. Since Lil Red's introduction, he has come to represent other sporting events alongside Herbie Husker, such as football.


  1. ^ Jablonski, Sidney (2003). "Legends of the mighty Husker mascots". Omaha World-Herald. Retrieved 2008-05-02.[permanent dead link]
  2. ^ "Lil' Red". Hall of Famers. Mascot Hall of Fame. 2007. Retrieved 2008-05-02.[permanent dead link]
  3. ^ "Barbara Hibner".
  4. ^ "Nebraska Mascots". Retrieved 23 April 2018.