UW + NFL Football: Damon Huard
One of the most exciting northwest athletes to cheer for are the ones who played college ball where they grew up.
As an outstanding QB for the University of Washington Huskies in his native Seattle before his NFL career exploded, Damon Huard fits that bill.
Born July 9, 1973 in Yakima, Washington
Huard is a Washington native and ex Huskies’ QB that attended Puyallup High School in Puyallup, Washington and not only played football, but basketball as well.
In his senior season in high school he won the Powerade State Player of the Year award.
Huard decided to stay close to home and attend UW where he redshirted his freshman season. He got his first start in 1993 and was the starting QB for the Huskies until he graduated in 1995. He finished his UW career with the school record for the most passing yards (5,692).
While he will be remembered for being a great UW QB he will also be remembered in Oregon for the QB that threw “The Pick.” The Pick was an interception that he threw against Oregon and the Ducks went on to score a TD, which vaulted them to the Rose Bowl.
Huard went undrafted in the 1996 draft and while he was signed by Cincinnati they released him before the season began.
In 1996 he sat out and then in 1997 was signed by the Dolphins. He was released again, but signed to the practice squad, promoted to the roster, and spent the season in Miami as their 3rd string QB.
After his first season he played in the NFL Europe for the Frankfurt Galaxy and in 1998 saw little playing time in Miami.
In 1999 when Dan Marino suffered an injury Huard started 5 games and ended the season with a 4-1 record.
After the season he signed a 2-year contract extension with the Dolphins, but saw limited time in those 2 seasons.
In 2001 Huard signed with New England and while he rarely saw the field he did win 2 Super Bowl rings (XXXVI, XXXVIII) and then in 2003 signed with the Chiefs as a free agent.
In 2004 and 2005 he did not see any time, but when starter Trent Green was injured in 2006 he played started 7 games and went 5-3 for the season.
In 2007 he saw his most extensive action as a starter and while going a decent 4-5 he was injured and even though he came back the Chiefs they lost their last 9 games of the season.
In 2008 he suffered a season-ending thumb injury and was placed on IR and was released by the Chiefs the following season.
In 2009 he was signed by the 49ers, but could not win a backup job and was released.
While Huard was never a star in the NFL he was a solid backup, has 2 Super Bowl rings, played for 12 seasons, and finished his career with more TD’s than INT’s (33-26) and passed for 6,303 yards with an 80.6 QB rating.
Nowadays he is the color commentator on UW Huskies football broadcasts, replacing Chuck Nelson in 2010, and obviously living back home in the Pacific Northwest.
Huard is married to his wife, Julie Ann. The couple has three children: Holly, Samuel and Brooke.
Career stats for Huard from ESPN can be found here.