Ironically, a number of the memorable photos below were taken by a talented WSU student, Kevin German, who we almost hired. We were a little slow on the uptake, and he ended up going to work for the Associated Press. So while we missed out, we actually didn't.
There's no telling how many photos we've published since our first day on the Web in 1998, but it must be 2,000 or more. And we're pretty confident the majority of those pics came from something we've always taken huge pride in: Our wall-to-wall coverage of WSU's spring practices and fall camps.
For scorekeeping purposes, our informal count indicates that the five most photographed players in the history of CF.C have been Alex Brink, Michael Bumpus, Jerome Harrison, Jason Hill and Kyle Weaver. Apologies to Jason Gesser.
Regrettably, many of the photos we ran between 1998 and 2001 were lost in the tumult of taking the site from independent to network affiliated, back to independent and then back to network affiliated.
No matter. The archive is still bountiful. Here you'll find football photos that, for a variety reasons, stuck out in our staff's collective conscience as among the most memorable of the Cougfan.com Decade. We'll have another collection, for basketball, tomorrow.
DOGPILE! QB STEVE BIRNBAUM WAS THE FOCUS OF MUCH MESSAGE BOARD DISCUSSION IN CF.C'S FIRST TWO YEARS, 1998-99.
HIGH-FLYING STEVE GLEASON AND ROAD-GRADER ROB MEIER WERE TWO OF THE FEW REASONS TO SMILE IN CF.C' S EARLY DAYS.
IN THE DOG DAYS OF 1999, YOUNG DB BILLY NEWMAN'S FIGHT AND FURY OFFERED HOPE FOR A BETTER TOMORROW. HE RANKS No. 6 ON WSU'S CAREER TACKLES LIST
Technically not stunning, but this shot from the 2000 spring game, played in Spokane, glimpses a future of immense success -- for WSU and for the three DBs who all play in the NFL today: ERIK COLEMAN (LEFT), JASON DAVID (CENTER) AND MARCUS TRUFANT. Get this: Lamont Thompson was standing three feet to the right when this shot was taken.
JEROME RILEY SCORES AND DEREK ROCHE CELEBRATES, 2001.
THE RENAISSANCE IS OFFICIAL. THE MARTIN STADIUM FAITHFUL HOIST THEIR MAIN MAN AFTER WIN OVER UCLA IN 2001.
MIKE PRICE GETS AN ICEY REWARD AFTER COUGS' 33-27 WIN OVER PURDUE IN 2001 SUN BOWL.
ALL-PURPOSE COLLIN HENDERSON, A TALENTED RECEIVER AND RETURN MAN, IS BEST KNOWN FOR HIS TRICKERY. IN FOUR YEARS AT WSU, 1999-2002, HE COMPLETED A REMARKABLE 11 OF 12 FLEA FLICKER PASSES FOR 575 YARDS AND 6 TDs.
WSU'S 2002 MARCH TO THE PAC-10 TITLE STARTED AT SEAHAWKS STADIUM, WHERE MORE THAN 63,000 FANS SAW OT SAM LIGHTBODY (OUR FAVORITE OXYMORON) AND THE COUGS CRUSH NEVADA.
DEFENSIVE END FRED SHAVIES WAS A CORNERSTONE FROM 2000-02 AND THEN BECAME A WSU GRADUATE ASSISTANT.
MIKE BUSH, A ONE-TIME COUGAR BASKETBALL STANDOUT, MAKES A ONE-HANDED GRAB AT CAL IN COUGS' 48-38 WIN IN 2002.
ISAAC BROWN CELEBRATES WITH RIEN LONG AFTER SACKING CARSON PALMER IN OVERTIME OF COUGS' NAILBITING WIN OVER USC IN 2002.
KICKER DREW DUNNING IS MOBBED AFTER OVERTIME FIELD GOAL DEFEATS USC, 30-27, IN 2002.
MARCUS TRUFANT, A FIRST-ROUND NFL PICK, NABBED 11 INTs FOR THE COUGS FROM 1999-2002.
STAR OFFENSIVE LINEMAN CALVIN ARMSTRONG CELEBRATES COUGS' CLINCHING OF ROSE BOWL-BERTH, AT UCLA, 2002 (Getty Images).
WILL DERTING HAD A GAME FOR THE AGES AT NOTRE DAME IN 2003. CARLYLE HOLIDAY PROBABLY STILL HAS NIGHTMARES ABOUT NO. 51.
D.D. ACHOLONU & CO. OFFER SEASON'S GREETINGS TO TEXAS QB CHANCE MOCK AT 2003 HOLIDAY BOWL (AP).
BROKEN THUMB BE DAMNED, HAMZA ABDULLAH JUMPS ON JEREMY BOHANNON AS COUGS OPEN 2004 WITH WIN OVER NEW MEXICO.
THE CRIMSON FAITHFUL GIVE WILL DERTING A RIDE AFTER DRAMATIC APPLE CUP WIN AT MARTIN STADIUM IN 2004.
COUGAR FANS SHOW THEIR SPIRIT, 2005.
BY THE TIME MICHAEL BUMPUS, SHOWN HERE IN 2005, CONCLUDED HIS COUGAR CAREER IN 2007 HE WAS THE MOST PROLIFIC PASS CATCHER IN WSU HISTORY.
MKRISTO BRUCE STOKES THE CROWD IN 2005.
THE GHOST, JEROME HARRISON, RUSHED FOR A SCHOOL RECORD 1,900 YARDS IN 2005 AND WAS A CONSENSUS ALL-AMERICAN. BETWEEN 2004 AND 2005 HE RUSHED FOR 100-PLUS YARDS IN A PAC-10 RECORD 14 STRAIGHT GAMES.
JASON HILL MAKES HIS MOVES IN CORVALLIS, 2005.
WITH ONE MINUTE LEFT IN APPLE CUP '05, TRANDON HARVEY TAKES ALEX BRINK PASS TO THE HOUSE FOR WINNING TD.
AFTER ALEX BRINK AND BILL DOBA ENGINEERED THIS WIN AT UCLA IN 2006, IT LOOKED LIKE THE GLORY DAYS COULD BE BACK.
GIBSON AND BRINK CELEBRATE IN 2007 APPLE CUP.
COUG FANS POINT TO THE HERO OF THE 2007 APPLE CUP. BRANDON GIBSON HAULED IN THE WINNING TD FROM ALEX BRINK WITH 30 SECONDS LEFT.
THE INCOMPARABLE ERIK COLEMAN
COUGAR MANIA KNOWS NO BOUNDS.
* KEY COUG PLAYERS HELPED SHAPE OUR DECADE: THE ROLL-CALL OF AWARDS
* BIRTH OF CF.C TEN YEARS AGO WAS IN THE GENES