While plenty of state schools get their mascot from the state nickname, Nebraska's situation is the opposite. In 1945, the state adopted the new nickname the Cornhusker State, replacing its previous nickname, the Tree Planters State, in honor of the nickname for the University of Nebraska football team. Corn is one of the state's major crops and was husked by hand by early settlers, earning Nebraskans the moniker "cornhuskers."