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March 9, 2012 at 12:47 PM

Former Husky Claridge, a member of two Rose Bowl teams, dies

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Pat Claridge, who was the leading receiver on the 1960 Washington team that is recognized by the school as one of two in UW history to win a national title, has died.

Claridge, a native of Vancouver, B.C., also went on to a solid career with the BC Lions and the team today announced his passing. He was 73.

Claridge (pictured at right) lettered at UW from 1958-60 and was the leading receiver on the 1960 team that went 10-1 and beat Minnesota in the Rose Bowl 17-7. He had 13 receptions for 252 yards and one touchdown that season in also being named as UW’s Most Improved Player. He is a member of the UW Hall of Fame as a member of the 1959 team, which was enshrined in 1994.

The release from the BC Lions says:

“Claridge was a member of the BC Lions from 1961 to 1966 and was a key receiver for the club throughout his career. Born in Vancouver on July 12, 1938, he played his junior football in BC for the Vancouver Meralomas before a very successful career at the University of Washington from 1958 to 1961. Not only was he the only Canadian at the time to ever play in back-to-back Rose Bowls, he starred on the 1961 Huskies team and was named Second-Team All-Coast before joining the Lions that summer.

Pat played alongside his brother Bruce for the Leos until a trade that sent his sibling to Calgary and brought Joe Kapp from the Stamps in August 1961. He became a starter at the split end position for the Lions in his first season and in a six-year career that spanned 93 CFL games he caught 198 passes for 2,497 yards and 5 TDs.

His finest season came in 1964 when he grabbed 39 receptions for 577 yards, was named to the Western Conference All-Star team and was a key part of the club’s first-ever Grey Cup winning team. Pat also earned the team’s nomination as Most Outstanding Canadian for 1964 and still ranks in the top 25 among all-time Lions receivers.”

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