Kids rush “quarterback” Steve Warren at one of the founder’s football camps.
By Randy York
“The difference between a successful person and others is not a lack of strength, not a lack of knowledge, but rather a lack of will.” – Vince Lombardi
The founder and president of the D.R.E.A.M. Omaha Foundation, Steve Warren helped anchor Nebraska’s dominant Blackshirt defenses in the late 1990s as a 6-2, 315-pound nose tackle that lettered four times on teams that won 45 of 52 games from 1996-99. He was a first-team All-Big 12 player, a second-team All-America selection, a third-round draft choice of the Green Bay Packers and by almost any measure, so remarkably successful that he is now a member of the Nebraska Football Hall of Fame. Warren keeps the Vince Lombardi quote above in his daily activities as a reminder of something he’s always considered more important than strength and knowledge … the sheer power of the human spirit and the will to do something above and beyond whatever you think is possible. Believing everyone has the potential to reach high for the stars that lie hidden in your own soul, Warren says a dream must precede every goal. It’s all part of his own nature, growing up in Springfield, Mo., where his mother and father would take in cousins, nephews, friends and whoever might need help getting back on their feet, as long as they showed the will to succeed.
Growing up, Warren learned how people should never be pushed by their problems, but led by their dreams. He learned how dreaming about anything showed the beauty of the human mind and the strength of the human will to do whatever people would set their mind to do. Warren’s D.R.E.A.M. organization stands for Developing, Relationships through Education And Mentoring. It’s a non-profit foundation that reaches out to underserved and less privileged children and their families. D.R.E.A.M. provides positive role models, after-school tutoring programs, life-skills teaching and scholarships to seniors that complete the program.
As a defensive force for four years with the Huskers, Warren made 18 tackles for loss, had 8.5 sacks and finished with 25 quarterback hurries. He had a knack for driving quarterbacks and running backs backwards. He was so relentless that he set a school position record for interior defensive linemen with three pass breakups against California in 1998. Now, thanks to his leadership to help kids dream and develop, he’s driving others forward, pushing them to have faith in their dreams and to use old-fashioned determination to achieve them. No wonder Steve Warren the man started the Warren Academy. He’s teaching others the roots of what it takes to succeed, and one quality stands above all others … the simple power of the human will.
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