Kabongo Named Berringer Scholarship Winner
Courtesy: NU Sports Information

Release: October 3, 2003

Lincoln --Nebraska nose tackle Patrick Kabongo has been named the third annual honoree of the Brook Berringer Memorial Endowed Scholarship. The scholarship was endowed in memory of former Nebraska quarterback Brook Berringer, who died in a plane crash on April 18, 1996.

The endowment was established by a benefit concert given on Aug. 27, 1997, by the members of the country singing group, Sawyer Brown, who were friends of Brook Berringer.

Berringer was the epitome of a backup quarterback: patient, but always prepared, both mentally and physically, to take over when needed. Berringer served as Tommie Frazier's backup in 1994 until the starter's season ended because of blood clots. With poise and grace, Berringer calmly led Nebraska to eight consecutive victories and to the national championship game against Miami in the Orange Bowl.

An excellent student, Berringer graduated in December 1995 with a degree in business administration. He was expected to be selected in the 1996 NFL draft on April 20-21, but did not get to live out his dream. As a result of Berringer's extensive community service effort, the Husker football program established the Brook Berringer Citizenship Team honoring current Huskers for consistent and dedicated community service.

Criteria for the Brook Berringer Memorial Endowed Scholarship include the following: Must be a senior scholarship football student-athlete; must be involved in community service along with high ideals, excellent character and integrity.

Kabongo is a senior on the Husker team. He will earn his fourth letter in 2003 and has been a key member of the Husker defensive frontline for years. Kabongo has played in every game this season at nose tackle behind starter Ryon Bingham, and is expected to start on Saturday. In four games, Kabongo has recorded nine tackles, a breakup and two quarterback hurries. Last season, Kabongo moved into the starting lineup at defensive tackle midway through the season and played in all 14 games with seven starts. He finished the year second among Husker defensive linemen in tackles with 62, including nine tackles for loss.

Kabongo is a regular volunteer in the community and was named to the 2001 AFCA Good Works Team. He is also a two-time member of the Brook Berringer Citizenship Team. Kabongo has had his degree in criminal justice since August of 2002 and is working toward a master's degree in public administration. Born in Zaire, Kabongo moved to Canada when he was four and speaks french as his first language and English as his second. His mother, Angelique Kajungu lives in Montreal and is not able to attend the game on Saturday.