Heisman Winner Rodgers Receives Pardon for 1970 Holdup

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) - Johnny Rodgers, the Heisman Trophy winner for Nebraska in 1972, has been granted a pardon for his role in the holdup of a Lincoln gas station in 1970.  The Nebraska Pardons Board voted 3-0 on Thursday to pardon the 62-year-old Rodgers.  Rodgers has said he's long regretted what he called a drunken prank. It was after the last day of his freshman year that he and two other men robbed the gas station. The holdup netted $90.  The crime was first investigated as an armed robbery. Rodgers pleaded guilty to a lesser charge of felony larceny and was sentenced to two years of probation. Rodgers has repeatedly denied that he had a gun during the holdup.  A pardon restores the civil rights Rodgers lost after his conviction.