March 11, 2016
Sutko named to Creighton Prep Hall of Fame
Tom Sutko, owner and president of AmeriSpec Omaha and Lincoln, was inducted this week into the Creighton Prep Athletic Hall of Fame.
His accomplishments were outlined in his bio in the program for the event. “Starting at St. Pius X, where he received accolades as an athlete on Catholic Youth Organization teams, it was very evident early on in Tom Sutko’s life that his work ethic combined with natural athletic prowess would lead to a stellar athletic career at Creighton Prep and at the next level,” it said.
Tom lettered in football, basketball and soccer during his high school career. After his senior season in football, Tom earned all-metro and all-state honors. He also then represented Prep in the 1976 Shrine Bowl, where he was named co-captain and defensive player of the game.
“Just as remarkably, Tom worked three of his four years in the Jesuit dining room at Prep to help pay for his tuition while balancing all his academic and athletic commitments,” his bio said.
Although he earned a football scholarship from South Dakota State University, he had to leave midseason due to health reasons. He then transferred to the University of Nebraska Omaha, led by fellow fellow Creighton Prep Athletic Hall of Fame member and Head Coach Sandy Buda ’63.
After red shirting the 1977 season, Tom started his career at UNO. He earned team awards for “defensive player of the week” 11 times and “most outstanding linebacker” from 1978 to 1980. He also received the Hepburn Trophy for defensive excellence in 1979 and 1980 as well as the Hutchinson Trophy for most enthusiastic player in 1978.
During his time at UNO, Tom was also a unanimous, three-time all-conference selection at linebacker in the North Central Conference. During his senior year, earned Eastman Kodak All-American, AP All-American, NCC Defensive Player of the Year and Hinky Dinky Player of the Year honors. He completed his three-year college football career with an outstanding 324 tackles.
Many members of Tom’s family joined him for the celebration this week, including Melanie, his wife of 36 years, and his sons, John and Paul.
Congratulations, Tom, for this wonderful recognition and honor!