Chris Dyko's legacy grows even more Saturday

WASHINGTON STATE’S CHRIS DYKO may be gone but his legacy will be further assured on Saturday afternoon in Pullman. A $25,000 endowment scholarship made in Dyko’s honor by family and friends will be presented to WSU athletics director Bill Moos at 3 p.m. in the southwest corner of the RV Lot 1 behind Martin Stadium.

Dyko, a 6-6, 305-pound offensive lineman on Washington State’s 1988 Aloha Bowl team, was killed this past December when a vehicle struck the bicycle he was riding in the Florida Keys. Dyko, 48 at the time of his death, was on vacation. The Spokane native was a three-year letterman for Washington State in a Cougar career that spanned 1984-88.

“I still can’t believe he is gone,” said Larry Arcia, a Cougar Athletic Fund member who helped spearhead the endowment scholarship. “Chris was bigger than life. He loved Washington State and he loved football. He also worked with students across the country. I felt the need to start this fund in his honor.”

Arcia said all of the funds (a little over $25,000) were raised by friends, family and businesses that had one thing in common: they all “adored Dyko.”

Dyko lived in Bremerton and was a fixture at both home and away WSU games for years. Arcia said Dyko at the WSU tailgate gatherings, “greeted all who met him with and infectious smile and often, a bear hug.”

Dyko came to WSU out of University High in Spokane. He played briefly in the NFL and CFL before ankle injuries ended his football career. He turned to other pursuits, and became an avid cyclist and kayaker.

Washington State hosts Wyoming Saturday evening with kickoff slated for 5:40 p.m.

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