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Nebraska turns attention to Scott Frost's brother

Nebraska turns attention to Scott Frost's brother

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Former Nebraska Cornhusker quarterback Scott Frost may be the brother who receives the most attention, but this past week, the spotlight has been shining on his older brother, Steve.

Steve Frost, 30, of Mountainview, Calif., was featured in three episodes of "Jeopardy" within the past week and will be featured in a fourth, airing this afternoon, according to the programming director at KOLN/KGIN.

Frost's final show appeared in some markets Tuesday, but was pre-empted in the Grand Island area due to bowl game coverage on CBS.

He won the first three rounds, racking up $34,100.

"I've always loved 'Jeopardy.' It's always been one of my favorite shows, and I'd always been a trivia buff," he said of his reason for wanting to compete.

Frost said his wife, Andrea, and her family were able to attend the two days of taping in September, along with his mother and his younger brother, Scott. Before the taping, Steve Frost said, he had no idea how he would do.

"As I told Andrea before I went down there, my goal was to win a game, and everything after that was just gravy," Frost said.

His former high school speech teacher, Elizabeth Hodtwalker at Wood River High School, remembers Frost well. He graduated from Wood River in 1991.

"He and his brother are two of the brightest boys I ever taught in my life," Hodtwalker said.

Hodtwalker still keeps in touch with Frost and watched him this past week on the show.

"I love it," she said. "It's a dream come true to see your students do well. That's what you hope for every kid, for every student."

Frost's grandmother, Opal Frost of Ashland, was bursting with pride this week as well.

"We've been real proud of him, because he was at Wood River and played football with Scott, and Scott got most of the attention," she said.

Mrs. Frost said the two brothers are very close, and when they were growing up, they spent a lot of time watching game shows on television and playing trivia games. She said everywhere the family went, they had some sort of trivia game they would play in the van.

"That was just something they loved to do, and it didn't hurt them any," Mrs. Frost said of the boys' love of game shows and trivia.

Frost's grandmother even suggested to him years ago that he should try to get on the show.

He said he had always thought about doing it but never had the time. Then, when the computer company he worked for was bought out last summer and he was left without a job, he found the time.

He tried out for the show in July, got a call in August and competed in September.

"I used to play football in college and was always involved in athletics. My last game at Stanford was in 1995, so it had been eight years since I competed in anything that meant anything," Frost said. "It was really fun to be able to compete again."

Frost now works for the Internet search engine Google, as a member of a partner development group. In his spare time, his grandmother said, he announces Stanford football and basketball games.

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