Dawgman.com Football 105: 105-91

With fall camp a week away and the summer nearly gone, Dawgman.com has something to unveil that we've been working on the last couple of months. It's the Dawgman 105, a comprehensive list of who we have picked as the greatest Washington football players and coaches of all time.

This list was initially compiled by Dawgman.com Editor-In-Chief Chris Fetters and Andy Poehlman, a longtime contributor to Dawgman.com and Sports Washington magazine. Dave Samek, the Dawgman, broke all ties and put the complete list together. Then it was sent to Dave Torrell, the Curator of the Husky Hall of Fame, for some final tweaking. And what you see today is the first segment of our final list.

Monday's list will have 15 players/coaches; we will count down another 10 players every day until fall camp starts until we get to the top ten players and coaches we have picked as all time Huskies. Again, this is just our opinion on the matter and know it's up for great debate - which is part of the purpose. So here we go!
105. Guy Flaherty - The namesake for the award given out annually to the Most Inspirational Player voted on by the team, Flaherty played every down in 1906 and 1907 but was unable to play in 1908 outside of the first and last games due to boils on his arm. Flaherty was undeterred in his service to the team despite his ailment, showing up every day and even performing manager duties and doing whatever else he could. His inspiration to his teammates culminated in a medal being named in his honor, the first such recognized inspirational award handed out in intercollegiate athletics.

104. Huber 'Polly' Grimm - Grimm was arguably the first true 'athlete' Washington Football ever produced, as he played tackle, placekicker, punter and running back from 1905-1910, as well as also being a quarterback and receiver. He was also the first UW player to receive national post-season honors as he was picked a third team All-America by Walter Camp. Grimm was also the only Washington player picked by Gil Dobie when Dobie was asked to put together his all-time national football team in 1925.

103. Brian Habib - Habib, who started 26 games as a nose guard for the Huskies between 1985 and 1987, was the Guy Flaherty Most Inspirational Award winner as a senior. Ironically, Habib enjoyed an 11-year NFL career as an offensive lineman, at one point becoming the highest-paid offensive lineman ever, even though he played on the defensive line at Washington. During his time in the NFL he played for the Minnesota Vikings, Denver Broncos and Seattle Seahawks, winning a Super Bowl ring with the Broncos in 1997.

102. Roland Kirkby - Kirkby is one of only three Huskies to have their UW numbers retired, joining Chuck Carroll and George Wilson. Known as 'Rolicking Rol', Kirkby was part of arguably the best UW backfield of all time, joining Don Heinrich, Hugh McElhenny and Bill Early in the late 40's and 50's. Kirkby was an All-American as a sophomore and won the Guy Flaherty Award winner in 1950, a year where he was also named to the Pacific Coast All-Star team.

101. Charlie Mitchell - The speedster from Garfield had a knack for making the big play during his time at Washington, especially pairing up with George Fleming. He helped UW win a Rose Bowl over Minnesota in 1961. The 5-foot-11, 185-pound Mitchell still has one of the top-10 longest rushes of all-time, an 85-yard gallop versus Idaho for a score. After football Mitchell ended up earning his doctorate and became the President of Seattle Central Community College for 16 years until 2003. Mitchell was named part of the 1992 Husky Hall of Fame class.

100. Tim Peoples - There's been a lot of big hitters on Washington's defenses over the years, but nobody laid the lumber quite like Tim Peoples. The UW safety from San Jose was a three-time Chuck Niemi Big Hit Award winner, helping the Huskies to three bowl wins during his time at Montlake, including a memorable 1984 Orange Bowl win over Oklahoma.

99. Damon Huard - The older brother of another Husky QB, Brock, Damon Huard parlayed a successful prep career at Puyallup High School into another successful career at UW. Huard, known for quarterbacking the famous 'Whammy in Miami' game in 1994, was a career 19-11-1 starter for UW and still holds the all-time UW record for career pass efficiency rating. Huard is currently No. 4 all-time at UW for career passing yardage with 5,886 yards thrown. Even though he went undrafted in 1996, Huard signed with the Miami Dolphins the following season and stayed in the NFL for 13 seasons with five teams, eventually earning a couple of Super Bowl rings in the process.

98. Daniel Te'o-Nesheim - Te'o-Nesheim, from the Big Island of Hawaii, was a lone bright spot during the dark days of the Tyrone Willingham era, and the four-year letter-winner holds the all-time career sack mark with 30 takedowns - beating out other legendary Huskies like Ron Holmes, Donald Jones and Jason Chorak. His prowess on the field belied his laid-back demeanor, as Te'o-Nesheim could always be seen around campus wearing his customary flip-flops and dark hoodie.

97. Max Starcevich - Before Jason Chorak, there was another Croatian Sensation - his name was Max Starcevich. The Huskies were 18-6-2 during his letter-winning years (1934-36), and Starcevich, a guard who was born in Iowa, was a consensus first-team All-American in 1936 - the third player ever from UW to be given such an honor, following George Wilson and Chuck Carroll. Starcevich was elected to the Husky Hall of Fame in 1989 and the College Football Hall of Fame in 1990.

96. Paul Schwegler - Born in the Grays Harbor area in 1907, the UW defensive tackle played from 1929-31 under infamous head coach Enoch Bagshaw, earning first-team All-Coast and All-America honors in 1930 and 1931. In 1931, Schwegler was also Bagshaw's captain and named the Guy Flaherty Award winner for most inspirational teammate. Schwegler was named to the College Football Hall of Fame in 1967 and Husky Hall of Fame in 1983. Schwegler ended up doing films in Hollywood and his best friend became John Wayne.

95. Jacque Robinson - Robinson, a running back, holds a unique place in college football; he's the first player to have won MVP honors in both the Rose Bowl (1981) and Orange Bowl (1984). The father of UW hoops legend Nate Robinson, Jacque burst onto the scene as a freshman by running for 142 yards in a 28-0 whitewashing of Iowa, and bookended his UW career with a 135-yard effort against the Oklahoma Sooners in one of the biggest wins in the history of the program.

94. Tommie Smith - A fierce, physical safety, Smith was known as much for his commitment to Washington as his play on the field. A key cog in the Huskies' 1991 National Championship run, Smith was a huge pickup for then-head coach Don James. He was the 1988 Cal-Hi State Player of the year and a perfect 10 in the 1989 Long Beach Post-Telegram's 'Best in the West' poll, only one of a select handful of UW prospects to ever garner that praise.

93. Antowaine Richardson - Richardson, the 200-pound outside linebacker from Gardena, Calif., was one of Don James' early recruiting finds at UW, ultimately starting 31 games over four years for the Huskies between 1976-79 and earning All Pac-10, All Coast and All-America honors as a senior. James famously said that Richardson was the first player he ever recruited to UW that "…has the RH factor, which is 'Run and Hit'." He consistently ran a 4. 5 40 and bench-pressed 350 pounds.

92. Dave Pear - Pear will forever be known as a tackling machine from his defensive tackle spot, holding all the UW career tackling records. His 190 tackles in 1973 is a full 53 tackles ahead of the next closest Husky all-time. In the NFL, Pear was the first Tampa Bay player to be selected to the Pro Bowl and earned a Super Bowl ring in 1980 while playing for Oakland.

91. Mason Foster - Mason is another one of those players who remained prolific despite playing for less-than-stellar UW teams but was rewarded with a Holiday Bowl appearance in 2010, earning Defensive MVP honors. The linebacker from Seaside, Calif. was a durable Dawg, playing in 50 games and accounting for 378 career tackles - good enough for No. 8 all-time. Foster will always be remembered for the 'Immaculate Interception', a pass from Arizona's Nick Foles to Delashaun Dean that bounced off Dean's foot and right into Foster's hands with less than three minutes left for what turned out to be the winning play in UW's dramatic 36-33 win over the 'Cats at Husky Stadium in 2009.

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