Peace and Blessings fellow Cougs. I pray this letter reaches you in the best of health and spirits. My name is Hamza Abdullah, 2004 Apple Cup Champion...Why did I introduce myself as that? Because, that's all that matters.
I was on teams that were very successful, but the thing we are remembered by is "we couldn't win the big one", "we couldn't beat the Huskies". The best feeling I had in college was winning the Apple Cup my senior year (2004). It was bigger than any bowl game. I want you seniors to feel that. It's something they can't take away from you.
I meet people all the time and all they want to know is, "Did I beat UW". When they ask you that question I want you to say "YES". Emphatically, say "YES".
Growing up in California, I didn't know what the Apple Cup was, but shortly after I arrived in Pullman I realized how big it was. It's the game of the Year. It's the game that's circled on every Calendar West of the Mississippi. It's that big. The emotions you feel will be unmatched.
Play hard, Play under control, Play fast and Play with Passion. For a number of you guys, this could be the last time you ever put on a pair of cleats. Make sure you're holding that trophy at the end of the night. I like every other Coug on the planet will be watching.
Coach Wulff has put a great plan together, and when you follow it, stick with it and execute it, you will have success.
Thank you for listening, from one Coug to another, I love you guys and I'm coming to party with you guys in the spring. Let's have that trophy with us. Remember this: WE DON'T EAT, WE DON'T SLEEP, IT'S APPLE CUP WEEK... Be Blessed