Trev Alberts
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Personal information
Date of birth: (1970-08-08) August 8, 1970 (age 49)
Place of birth: Cedar Falls, Iowa
High School: Cedar Falls (IA) Northern University
Height: 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) Weight: 245 lb (111 kg)
Career information
College: Nebraska
NFL Draft: 1994 / Round: 1 / Pick: 5
Debuted in 1994 for the Indianapolis Colts
Career history
* Indianapolis Colts ( 1994 1996)
 As administrator:
* Nebraska-Omaha (2009–present)
(Athletic director)
Career highlights and awards
* Consensus All-American (1993)
Games played     29
Games started     7
Tackles     69
Forced fumbles     3
Interceptions     1
Stats at
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Trevor Kendall Alberts[1] (born August 8, 1970) is an American sports administrator and the director of athletics at the University of Nebraska-Omaha. Alberts is a former American college and professional football player. He played college football for the University of Nebraska, and earned All-American honors at linebacker. He played professionally for the Indianapolis Colts of the National Football League (NFL) for three seasons, after having been fifth overall pick in the 1994 NFL Draft. Later, he became a television and print college football commentator, most notably working alongside Mark May on ESPN's College GameDay Scoreboard show.

Early yearsEdit

Alberts was born in Cedar Falls, Iowa to parents Ken Alberts, a business executive, and Linda.[2][1] He also has an older brother, Troy, who went on to work as a sales director in an oil processor, and a sister, Tami, who teaches elementary school.[1] Trev Alberts attended Northern University High School in Cedar Falls,[3] where he played for the Northern University Panthers high school football team.

College careerEdit

While attending the University of Nebraska, he played for the Nebraska Cornhuskers football team from 1990 to 1993. Following his senior season in 1993, he was awarded the Dick Butkus Award and Jack Lambert Trophy as the top college linebacker; Alberts was also recognized as a consensus first-team All-American, after recording 15 quarterback sacks, 21 tackles for loss, and 38 quarterback hurries. Despite an injury early in the eleventh game of the season against the Oklahoma Sooners, Alberts returned with a cast on his arm for the national championship game against Florida State in the Orange Bowl. Although the Seminoles won 18-16, Alberts had a dominant performance with three sacks of Heisman Trophy-winner Charlie Ward (FSU quarterbacks were sacked only five times during the 1993 regular season).

Professional careerEdit

Selected fifth overall in the 1994 draft,[4] Alberts began his professional career with the Indianapolis Colts and continued to play for the Colts from 1994 to 1996.[5] Due to injuries played portions of just three seasons before retiring before the 1997 season, tallying just four career quarterback sacks and one interception. He is considered one of the fifty biggest draft busts of all time by CBS.[6]

Broadcasting careerEdit

Upon retirement from the NFL, Alberts was hired by the American cable television network CNN/SI and concomitantly its Sports Illustrated magazine, where he served as a college football contributor. In 2002, Alberts joined the staff of the American cable television network ESPN, where he worked as an in-studio analyst for college football, ultimately joining Rece Davis and Mark May on the network's College GameDay Scoreboard and College GameDay Final.

On September 6, 2005, Alberts was terminated by ESPN for breaching his contract when he declined to report to work; Alberts later claimed he did not want to "play second fiddle" to the more prominent cast of College GameDay, Chris Fowler, Kirk Herbstreit and Lee Corso.[7]

Alberts thereafter accepted a position as a columnist for the website of the college sports cable television network CSTV. He worked as a color commentator for the NFL on Westwood One Sunday afternoon radio broadcasts in 2006. He also provided color commentary for SEC football games on CBS.[citation needed]

Alberts also served as an analyst for Sprint Exclusive Entertainment, breaking down college football and other sports for viewers.[citation needed]

Athletic directorEdit

Alberts was hired in April 2009 to be the director of athletics for the Nebraska–Omaha Mavericks sports program at the University of Nebraska-Omaha.[8]

I believe the potential for UNO's athletic programs is unlimited. This new chapter in my life will be exciting for me and for my family. I had an amazing experience as a college athlete. For several years now, I’ve wanted to return to college athletics and give something back. This position at UNO is a privilege.[8]
—Alberts upon assuming the UNO job

Alberts cut football and wrestling, the only sport with NCAA championships this decade,[9] in an effort to bring University of Nebraska-Omaha to Division I's Summit League.[citation needed] University regents approved Alberts' controversial decision on March 25, 2011.[citation needed]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Jim Offner, Familiar territory: Ex-CFU executive, wife buy Wasendorf estate, Waterloo Cedar Falls Courier, February 6, 2013, accessed July 8, 2013.
  2. National Football League, Historical Players, Trev Alberts. Retrieved February 11, 2012.
  3., Players, Trev Alberts. Retrieved February 11, 2012.
  4. Pro Football Hall of Fame, Draft History, 1994 National Football League Draft. Retrieved February 11, 2012.
  5., Players, Trev Alberts. Retrieved February 11, 2012.
  6. Pinto, Michael,
  7. [1]. Walters, J. ESPN sacks Alberts. Sports September 6, 2005.
  8. 8.0 8.1 "Trev Alberts Appointed to be UNO Athletic Director". 2009-04-29.
  9. pions "UNO NCAA Championships - Wikipedia". pions.
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