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Heisman winner Rodgers seeks pardon for '70 holdup
By: Staff  Writer - AP
Published: 11/12/2013  at  12:44:47 PM
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(Eds: APNewsNow. Will be updated. With AP Photos.)By ERIC OLSONAP College Football Writer

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) - Nebraska football great Johnny Rodgers will go to the state Board of Pardons on Thursday seeking a pardon for his role in a gas-station holdup 43 years ago.

Rodgers went on to win the Heisman Trophy in 1972 but has always been dogged by the stigma of being an ex-felon. He pleaded guilty to larceny and was put on two years of probation. The holdup netted $90, split among Rodgers and two accomplices. Rodgers calls it ''10 minutes of insanity.''

The 62-year-old Rodgers said if he is granted a pardon, he'll seek one in California. Two felonies remain on his record in that state stemming from a 1985 confrontation with a cable-television technician.

Rodgers says he's lived a good life and wants to put his crimes behind him.

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