As a part of our initiative called Curious Cornhuskers, an anonymous reader asked The Daily Nebraskan, “What’s Herbie doing when he urges students to point their foam fingers to the sky and yell during a football game?”
While pointing to the sky, Herbie and fans are chanting “YES. YES. YES,” according to University of Nebraska-Lincoln head cheer coach Erynn Butzke. This chant is a catchphrase from WWE wrestler Daniel Bryan.
Bryan has many mannerisms that create a reaction from the crowd during his matches. The “Yes” chant began after he won WWE’s World Heavyweight Championship in 2013. He repeatedly yelled “Yes” on his way to the ring and after the match.
In 2013, the “Yes” chant began being used at college football games when Michigan State beat its in-state rival, Michigan. When Michigan State player Travis Jackson scored a touchdown, he used the “Yes” chant to celebrate.
Throughout the years, the “Yes” chant has made its way to Nebraska and can be heard at every football game, led by Herbie Husker.