Discover the origination of the University of Washington mascot and nickname.  We also spotlight
Washington stars that were Heisman finalist and ones that made it to the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
Washington Huskies
Mascot, Nickname and Traditions
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University of Washington
Mascot Traditions: KING REDOUBT & HARRY
HUSKY

The Alaskan Malamute, a dog noted for its ability to pull sleds across the
frozen tundra of northern North America, also is known for warming the hearts
of Washington fans by representing the university  as its mascot.  Strangely
enough this breed finished second place in the school’s nickname race that
now is the lead dog when it comes to mascots
.
The tail-wagging tradition of incorporating  dogs into Husky athletics began in
1922 when Frosty I began barking for the school.  Frosty’s mascot career
lasted until 1929 when he was replaced by Frosty II.  Other dogs in the mascot
line have included Wasky, Wasky II, Ski, Denali, Sundodger and King Redoubt
is the eighth breed of this type to wag his tail on behalf of the school’s athletic
teams.  When King Reboubt stepped forward in the early 90s, he became the
eighth Alaskan Malamute to serve as the Husky mascot.
Husky mascots actually learned to walk on two legs in 1996.  But before you
look for  the segment on “Those Amazing Animals,” the walking Husky is a
person dressed in a Husky costume.  The school’s furry friend is known as
Harry the Husky, who also helps to stir school spirit.

Before the Husky served its Washington master, a wooden statue that carried
two books under his right arm and a football under the other filled the mascot
role.  The three-and-a-half foot figure named Sunny Boy served prior to the
1920s when the university’s teams were still known
as the Sundodgers.  

The smiling statue was a sculptured replica of Sunny, a grinning character
who appeared in the university’s humor magazine.  
Sunny Boy now stands firm in the school’s Alumni Association building
despite a 23 year disappearance that ended with his 1948 discovery in South
Bend, Ind.   The statue’s lengthy journey began when it was abducted from its
fraternity house residence and smuggled out of state.
Husky Stadium
This facility first opened in 1920 and through
several renovations and expansions will have
jumped from a 30,000 seat stadium to one that
holds more than 70,000. The playing field was
originally dirt, but thankfully has emerged to
have grass and later artificial.  When the
University first installed Astro Turf in 1968, the
Huskies program became the just the 2nd major
college (Tennessee) to use an artificial
surface.  Another tradition the school shares
with Tennessee, is the aquatic tailgating that
takes place on Football Saturdays.  It's not
uncommon to have around 12,000 fans enjoying
pregame tailgating on Lake Washington prior to
kickoff
Washington Huskies and
the Heisman Trophy
The University is one of the top college
football programs in the nation.  The
school has produced a long line of
All-Americans, but has yet to see one of its
players crowned with college football's top
individual award.
The program's only top 4 finisher in the
voting is the 4th place finish gained by
Steve Emtman in 1991
While not bringing home the stiff-armed
trophy,  Emtman captured the Outland
Trophy and the Lombardi Award.  The
Consensus All-American was selected
with the first pick of the 1992 NFL Draft by
the Indianapolis Colts
Huskies in the
Pro Football Hall of Fame
The University has seen three of its former
players gain the honor of being enshrined
into the Hall and having their bust reside
in Canton, Ohio.  The three NFL legends
are:
  • Hugh McElhenny HB (Class of
    1970) - Played 13 NFL seasons
    and made six Pro Bowls.
  • Arnie Weinmeister DT (Class of
    1984) - Only played  six pro
    seasons, but was dominating.
  • Warren Moon QB (Class of 2006)
    - Won 5 straight CFL Cups and
    then dazzled NFL defenses for 17
    seasons while being named to 9
    Pro Bowls.