Rivals.com hired Sean Callahan in December of 2003 to work specifically for HuskerOnline.com, but he has worked with the company since 1999. Callahan has covered the daily Nebraska football practices and games since August of 1999 for a number of different media outlets. Callahan was named the 2006 and 2007 Nebraska Sports Writer of the Year by the National Sports Writers and Sports Broadcasters Association of America and he was a finalist for the award again in 2008. He also received the 2006-07 Rivals.com Distinguished Service Award – the highest honor a Rivals.com employee can receive.
On top of his work for HuskerOnline.com, Callahan is heard on New Talk 1110 KFAB on a daily basis throughout the football season with his Husker reports from Lincoln. KFAB is the flagship station for Nebraska football. In 2007, Callahan also served as the sideline reporter for the Husker Sports Network on their gameday football broadcasts and was involved in their pre and post-game shows.
On the TV side, Callahan reports for KETV Channel 7 in Omaha as their official Nebraska football correspondent five days per week during the season. Callahan also appears on NET’s statewide Big Red Wrap-Up show every Tuesday night during the football season to breakdown Husker recruiting. Before joining Rivals.com on a full-time basis, Callahan got his broadcasting degree at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and worked for ESPN TV and Radio in Bristol, 1620 the Zone ESPN radio in Omaha, KM 3 TV in Omaha, WOWT TV in Omaha, The Daily Nebraskan, Recruits Unlimited and KRNU Radio.
A two-time Nebraska sportswriter of the year, Callahan grew up in Omaha and is a graduate of Daniel J. Gross Catholic High School (1999) and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (2003). He and his wife, Lisa, and their daughter, Kit, currently reside in Lincoln.
“Let’s Talk Husker Football!”
Get the latest on Nebraska football and the state of the program. Callahan does several of these talks around the state to different business groups, booster clubs and other organizations, where he provides thoughts and insight on the current team and shares other stories from his 24-year career covering the Huskers.
“High School Sports Are Not the End – There’s Much More to Life”
Often time we think high school sports are the most important thing in life when they are happening. In all reality, they are just the beginning of life. They build work habits, team skills and teach us how to fight through adversity. Callahan shares his own story about playing for some great teams in high school, but having to do it as a role player, and those situations helped build and shape him for the rest of his life.
“Sean Callahan is someone I would highly recommend if you are looking to have someone speak at your event. Since 2016, our company has booked Sean for 10 speaking engagements throughout Nebraska. Sean has always been well prepared, on time, and he is on top of the logistics. He is one of those rare speakers who pays close attention to the little details that make an event excellent. More importantly, the audience absolutely is engaged when Sean shares his message. Our company has scheduled many speakers covering a variety of topics in the past, but without question, Sean’s analysis of Nebraska Football is the best in the state. His ability to share his insight into the team, discuss current recruiting news, and provide personal stories about his past experiences are all engaging for the audience. Sean’s personality is an asset to every talk he delivers and I like to call him a walking encyclopedia for all things Nebraska football. Sean is a must-book speaker if you are looking to take your event to the next level.”
Kelly Krings, Chief Marketing Officer, Northwestern Mutual
“Sean Callahan has unquestioned credibility and knowledge of the University of Nebraska Football program and player status. I have never heard him at a loss for bonafide information. His presentations are skillfully and professionally delivered. He is always prepared and on time, and always goes above and beyond his required duties. He has both solid name recognition and a staunch following which makes it easy to recommend him to both my own clients and to any booking agency.”
Craig Eckert, Executive VP, Platte River Radio
“While I live in Omaha, my work as a member of the U.S. House of Representatives took me to Washington D.C. Many of us who stayed or lived in D.C. longed for real information about Husker football program. Sean Callahan would fly to D.C. to give us an update on the Huskers. My favorite speeches of the entire year in D.C. were Sean’s presentations! He has flown to D.C. at least 10 times in late spring to inform displaced Nebraskans about the team and incoming recruits. Sean was a hit every year and the place would be packed! His speaking style is informational with a twist of humor. He is fluid and understandable. Sean would handle questions effortlessly by integrating the answers into his speech on the fly. That’s pretty impressive for a speaker! His updates on the radio and TV are crisp and informative, and Sean is a must-hear for any Husker fan. Bottom line…Sean Callahan is a great speaker!”
Lee Terry, U.S. House of Representatives, 1999-2015
“Sean Callahan has been coming to the Arboretum and giving talks to our residents for five years. He is an excellent speaker and our residents love him! He is extremely friendly and truly enjoys talking with the residents. His presentation, “Let’s Talk Husker Football!” is always very enlightening. He takes the time to answer everyone’s questions and never seems rushed to leave. When our Big Red Breakfast is scheduled, the Arboretum residents pack our dining room, wearing their Husker Red, and are always excited to hear what Sean has to say!”
Judi Gabel, Senior Living Consultant, The Arboretum
“Let me first say Sean Callahan is great for the youth of the State of Nebraska. He cares about kids and helping them with opportunities to advance their skills, not just for the University of Nebraska-Lincoln but for universities beyond our border. Sean has given presentations in McCook for over 11 years. His audiences love every moment! He delivers the content in a captivating way and really engages the audience. He goes around the room and thanks people for attending. You know you have the crowd hooked when they are actively engaged in asking great questions and anxiously awaiting Sean’s response!”
Jeff Gross, Principal/Head Football Coach, McCook High School