I have been able to get to know Roy Helu over the last two years, this year not really since I have been in South Africa, and see the kind of man that God has made him into being. With a bright attitude on and off the field, and a sense of knowing that there is more to life than football, Helu has been able to inspire and encourage every person that he meets. I am thankful to be able to know him, and glad for what he is doing in God’s kingdom.
The 6-foot, 215-pounder is the last guy you imagine will cop to an “inner struggle.” But, then, that’s Helu, a Christian who consistently deflects attention away from him successes and toward his weaknesses – or the strengths of his teammates.
“An inner struggle? Yeah,” Helu said. “Every morning when I wake up, I want to be selfish. I can’t though. And I do sometimes.”
Helu talks about “losing focus” and “mental toughness.” He talks about a vision he has for Nebraska’s offense, and how “we’re nowhere near it.”
“The best back in college football,” Pelini said at the Big Red Breakfast Friday. “…Roy will make you look like a bad tackler.”
Naturally, Helu isn’t satisfied with his work so far. He labels it “average at best.”