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September 22, 2011 at 9:03 PM

King, Coryell to be Husky Legends Saturday

Longtime sports broadcaster Bruce King and former NFL coach Don Coryell will be inducted into the State of Washington Sports Hall of Fame on Saturday at the California-Washington football game at Husky Stadium. Each will also be honored as Husky Legends at the end of the third quarter

Accepting on behalf of Coryell, who died in 2010, will be his daughter, Mindy Lewis.

“We have an outstanding group of individuals being honored this year and it brings the total number of inductees to 175 since the inception of the Hall of Fame in 1960”, said Marc Blau, Executive Director of the State Sports Hall of Fame in a press release. The honorees were selected by a statewide vote of sportswriters and broadcasters throughout Washington.

Here is the rest of the press release:

Bruce King spent 30 years as Sports Director/Anchor at KOMO-TV where he hosted the University of Washington weekly football and basketball shows and did the radio and television play-by-play of Husky football and basketball games.

A Seattle native, Don Coryell was a defensive back at the University of Washington from 1949-51 before turning to coaching. In 29 years, Coryell amassed a college coaching record of 126-24-3 in 15 seasons from 1957-72 and was 114-89-1 in 14 NFL seasons. In fact, Coryell is the only coach to have more than 100 wins at both the collegiate and professional levels and is a member of the College Football Hall of Fame.
At San Diego State, Coryell had three undefeated seasons with the Aztecs and changed his emphasis from the running game to a passing game before moving on to coach the St. Louis Cardinals and San Diego Chargers of the NFL. He was respected throughout football as an innovator and the creator of the “vertical offense” that stretched defenses.
During Don’s nine seasons as head coach of the Chargers, the team became known as “Air Coryell”, and with his innovative offensive attack, he became known for revolutionizing the passing game in the National Football League. “Don is the father of the modern passing game,” said Joe Gibbs, who assisted Coryell before becoming a Hall of Fame coach with the Washington Redskins.

Coryell won AFC Coach of Year honors from the Professional Football Writers of America in 1979. He was inducted into the Chargers Hall of Fame in 1994.

The State of Washington Sports Hall of Fame was founded in 1960 by Clay Huntington, longtime Northwest sportscaster, who passed away on June 1 at the age of 89. Hall of Fame members are recognized for their outstanding sports accomplishments and contributions that have brought significant acclaim to themselves and to the state of Washington.
For more information about the State of Washington Sports Hall of Fame visit www.washingtonsportshof.com .

A third inductee into the Hall of Fame, former Washington State University baseball coach, Chuck “Bobo” Brayton, will be recognized at a future date in Pullman.

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