If the Nebraska football team does get back on track the way fans hope it does, the “alpha males” on the team will be a big part of why.
The term Alpha Male has a negative connotation in some circles these days because far too many truly strange people have decided that the term is a way to proclaim themselves bigger and stronger while whining and complaining about too much mustard on their hamburgers. However, when Nebraska football tight end Thomas Fidone talks about how he and Matt Rhule are “extreme alphas” it has a nice ring to it.
During an interview with the Huskers Radio Network on Wednesday night, the tight end talked about the relationship he’s forged with his new head coach.
"“Me and him hit it off, really, right away. We’re really similar in a lot of ways. We’re extreme alphas, and we believe that’s how we are. No one’s gonna tell us what we can’t do, and we’re gonna prove everybody wrong as to why. That’s something that helped us hit it off. It’s a huge thing to have my head coach be confident in me. I feel like that’s something that I’ve always had, but I’m a lot closer with Coach Rhule than I could’ve imagined with him only being here for a certain amount of time. It’s definitely helped, and it’s been really nice.”"
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If the two alphas can team up and lead the team to at the very least, a bowl game, the relationship they’ve forged could be a big factor.
Fidone is far from the only one who has talked about how well he’s gotten along with the new coaches. And they are still new. They haven’t been on the job for 10 months.
But the thing that keeps surfacing with players like Fidone and others is that there’s a buy-in that wasn’t there before. Nebraska football might be fun to watch again this fall.