Cleaning out the notebook after a long weekend. …
— ESPN.com’s Ted Miller has the list of those who will be attending Pac-12 media day on July 26 in Los Angeles. Chris Polk will be UW’s player in attendance, which will give him some visibility as he heads into a season when he will be regarded as one of the top running backs in the country.
— The Top 10 lists of last week elicited a lot of comment. One reader asked if it was really true that Dana Hall was a cornerback, given that he was 6-2, 206 pounds and played safety in the NFL. Hall was indeed a cornerback while at UW — the safeties on the 1991 national title team were Tommie Smith and Shane Pahukoa, with Hall listed as starting all 12 at cornerback. He also started 11 in 1990 and three in 1989. He did, however, play some safety at UW, starting five games at strong safety in 1988 and three at free safety that same year. All of this is from the the official UW record.
— Hall is also one of the answers to a question raised on the chat last week about which UW players won both national title rings and Super Bowl rings. Obviously, what that basically means is players from either the 1960 or 1991 national title teams that later won Super Bowl rings. I didn’t have time during the chat to check the record book. But checking it now, it appears that there is one player from the 1960 team that later won a Super Bowl ring — center Ray Mansfield, who was a sophomore on the ’60 team. He was later a member of the Pittsburgh teams that won Super Bowls IX and X. I count seven players who were part of the ’91 team that later won Super Bowls — Ernie Conwell , D’Marco Farr and Jamal Fountaine (each members of the Rams that won SB XXXIV), Hall (with the 49ers for SB XXIX), Damon Huard (with the Patriots for SB XXXVI and XXXVIII), Eric Bjornson (with Dallas for SB XXX), and Mark Brunell (Saints). CORRECTED — Thanks for those who pointed out a couple I missed.
— One reader made a good point that I should have mentioned the 1991 Cal game somewhere. Here’s what he wrote:
How can you not even mention Cal/UW in ’91? Both teams were undefeated. The game came down to the final minutes. Plus, the Berkley Hills fires started right after the game. Watch Cal’s last stand and see Walter Bailey make an extremely risky play to knock down a pass. Could have gone Cal’s way and taken down UW’s dream season. Gotta at least be mentioned.
My only defense is that there were so many games that could have been mentioned and it was inevitable a few might be slighted.
—- Another said I was crazy not to put Mario Bailey higher:
“I would have put Mario Bailey 1, 2, or 3. Were you a Seattle guy back then? Single season he was probably the best offensive Husky player I’ve ever seen, though Napoleon was pretty impressive. He would get so wide open all the time it was ridiculous.”
My one comment on Bailey is that that team was so dominant, I kind of thought it made it easier for a receiver to get open given all that a defense had to worry about. But maybe as a symbol of the dominance of that team he should have been higher.
All for now.