Career Honors

  • Nebraska Football Hall of Fame (Class of 2017)
  • First-Team All-Big Eight (1970)
  • Member of Nebraska's 1970 National Championship Team

A first-team All-Big Eight offensive lineman, Donnie McGhee was a three-year letterman for the Huskers. McGhee weighed nearly 300 pounds early in his Husker career, but shed weight and showed exceptional agility in paving the way as a strong run blocker and pass protector for the Big Red. In his only year as a starter, the 6-foot-2, 255-pounder earned All-Big Eight honors from the Omaha World-Herald while helping the Huskers to their first national title under Coach Bob Devaney. With McGhee helping the Husker offensive line from the guard position, Nebraska rolled up 410.6 yards per game in total offense, including 223.8 on the ground and 186.8 through the air to average 35.7 points per game. McGhee went on to earn his bachelor’s degree as an elementary education and teaching major at Nebraska in 1971. He earned his master’s degree in personnel management from Central Michigan University in 1982. McGhee, who graduated from Northwestern High School in Flint, Mich., was inducted into the Greater Flint African American Sports Hall of Fame in 2009. He was inducted into the Nebraska Football Hall of Fame in 2017.