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Husky Football Blog

The latest news and analysis on the Montlake Dawgs.

October 29, 2010 at 10:20 PM

Olson inducted into UW Hall, and Stanford gets two key players back

I’m just back from the Husky Hall of Fame ceremony — I think I’ll be working off that meal for a while — where the school inducted six former teams or athletes, including guard Benji Olson, a two-time AP All-American in 1996 and 1997.
Olson, who later played in the NFL for 10 years with the Titans, called the night one of the biggest moments of his athletic career and delivered thanks to a number of former coaches and teammates, including Jim Lambright, who introducted Olson. He also told a few stories of his playing days, including the times when he and a few other teammates stuffed pennies into the sides of dorm room doors during training camp so they wouldn’t open, and the first series of his pro career when he was called for illegal procedure and then gave up a safety. He said at that point he was wishing he hadn’t left UW early — he declared after his junior year in part because he had had back surgery prior to the season and wasn’t sure how much longer he could play.
Olson, though, said that while the honors were nice it was the shared moments with other players he’ll remember the most.
“You don’t play the game for awards but to have your teammates’ backs,” he said.
Also a highlight were passionate speeches by other inductees, notably basketball player Eldridge Recasner. More info on the Hall of Fame and inductees can be found here.
ALSO TONIGHT — The San Francisco Chronicle updates the health status of two key Stanford players —- WR Chris Owusu and safety Delano Howell — and it sounds as if both will be able to play tomorrow.

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