Catching Up With Bernard Nomberg

Former Vandy football standout updates life and career

by Andrew Maraniss

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Part of an ongoing series, catches up with former Vanderbilt football standout Bernard Nomberg.

Nomberg, a quarterback, graduated from Vandy in 1990 after a career as mostly a backup at his position.

Nomberg recently took some time for a Q&A to update his life and career: What is your occupation these days?

Nomberg: “Attorney in Birmingham Alabama, with my brother at the Nomberg Law Firm.”

How has COVID-19 affected you and your family?

“My college daughter is home and living with me. We are adjusting to living together again. It’s been fun though.”

What has been the hardest adjustment?

“Not being able to travel. My fiancé and her family live three hours away so we have not been able to visit in more than a month. All of our spring and summer travel plans have been canceled or pushed back. Patience is the key to remaining safe and knowing that we will return to normal life sometime soon.”

What has been the most pleasant surprise in these circumstances?

“Spending more time with family, in person or virtually. Exercise one to two times every day.”

Any good books, movies or games to recommend?

“The Sun Does Shine: How I Found Life and Freedom on Death Row by Anthony Ray Hinton.”

What was your all-time favorite moment as a Commodore?

“Beating Florida at home on television in 1988. We wore bright yellow jerseys. Defense was awesome that day.”

What do you miss most in the sports world right now?

“Not being able to root for the VandyBoys this spring and summer!”

Any advice or words of wisdom to Commodore Nation to help us get through this?

“Continue to be patient, be smart about your choices and remain connected with the people in your world. Do not self-isolate while you are being socially and physically distant from others. It’s important to maintain a healthy outlook while we are all going through this. Know that this is not going to be a permanent thing.”

Anything else you’d like to say about your time at Vanderbilt or what you’ve been up to since you left?

“I have come to appreciate my time at Vanderbilt more as I’ve grown older. It’s a very special school and time in my life. I have lifelong friends who I still communicate with quite often from the team as well as other students who were in my classes. I am quite proud that I graduated from Vanderbilt.”