It was October 28, 2000. A dreary, rainy day inside a 7/8-empty Stanford Stadium. And there were two brothers – still fans, really – inside the press box getting ready to cover a huge, non-televised game for Dawgman.com.
Just before Washington and Stanford kicked it off, these two brothers shared a moment that eventually became harrowing in its prophecy. They were covering an important Husky game together for the first time. And Dave took a second from the production setup to tell his older but less experienced brother, "Can you believe we're actually doing something like this? We're going to never forget this . . ."
He couldn't have been more right.
We were there to cover a football game. When the collision happened, we knew it was bad. In its devilish aftermath, as muddy, exhausted Huskies trudged off the mist-shrouded gridiron arm-in-arm. I'll never forget Todd Elstrom's tears, Anthony Kelley's anguished face, or Jamaun Willis openly weeping as he entered the locker room.
It felt more like we had witnessed a World War II trench battle.
At the time, we didn't know what to say. It was one of the most incredible finishes to a Husky game, ever, yet we were at a loss how to capture what we were witnessing.
We covered it as best we could and said a prayer for Curtis that everything would be okay.
The game was over, but the battle would last another 19 grueling months.
The battle ended on May 6. Time ran out, but Curtis Williams didn't lose the battle. The legacy he was able to forge – with his will, and with his courage – will live forever in all Husky hearts he touched.
We may never know if Curtis knew that his time was short when he made his last visit to Seattle two weeks ago. But his smile – always, his smile – told us that no matter the course, everything would be OK. That it would all work out.
So now, just maybe, we know what to say. We know that you will be a Husky forever, Curtis. Now Heaven can truly help your foes.
Here's to you, C-Dub. Run fast, run free.
A Day that will live in infamy
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