Athlete. Omaha South Class of 1978. He was a 6-3, 220-pound lineman who gained high school all-state honors and led South High School to a 7-2-1 record in his senior year. Outstanding high school wrestler.
Few had the drive Rimington had in the weight room and the classroom. Coming from Omaha, there was no other school that Rimington wanted to go to other than Nebraska and as a product of the Husker system, Rimington went from a slow, practically skinny lineman to a fast, hole-opening machine cutting his 40-yard dash from 5.35 to 5.05 from his freshman to his senior year, increasing his bench press from 340 pound to 435 and left Nebraska able to squat 650 pounds.
His offensive line play in football drew national acclaim, such as All-America honors, the Outland Trophy and the Lombardi Trophy twice. Few were as honored or decorated as Rimington. He was the conference offensive Player of the Year in 1982 and was a three-time all-conference selection. So dominating was his play that he finished fifth in the 1982 Heisman Trophy voting. The ultimate honor came after his playing days as the Rimington Award goes to the nation's top center.
Equally as impressive was his skill in the classroom with a 3.25 GPA in economics as two-time, first-team Academic All-America and a National Football Foundation Scholar-Athlete.