Van Brownson - KMA Sports Hall of Fame

Van Brownson accepts induction into the KMA Sports Hall of Fame.

(Shenandoah) -- One of KMAland’s greatest all-time athletes was honored with a KMA Sports Hall of Fame induction on Saturday evening.

Former Shenandoah star Van Brownson was officially welcomed to the Hall of Fame during a short ceremony at his 50th high school class reunion at the Shenandoah American Legion Country Club.

“It’s always nice to get back to Shenandoah,” Brownson said. “Everything is so familiar around here, and with my class back here, I’m having the time of my life seeing them all again.”

The ceremony and reunion capped off a busy day for Brownson, who was one of three grand marshals in the Shenfest parade earlier Saturday afternoon.

“I was surprised with all the people that lined the street all the way down Sheridan (Avenue),” Brownson said. “It’s been a big day for an old man like me.”

Brownson was a three-time All-Conference, All-District and All-State selection and was a high school All-American in his senior year at Shenandoah. 

“It seems like I still have the same mentality I did 20 or 30 years ago, but when I look in the mirror, the body doesn’t match the mentality anymore.”

Brownson, who won two national championships during his career at Nebraska, is the third member of the KMA Sports Hall of Fame football wing, joining former Shenandoah star Todd Millikan and Fremont-Mills alum Nate Meier.

“The thing that I remember most is that I played on some great teams in Shenandoah,” Brownson said in a short speech following his induction.

View a video interview with Brownson below.