Greatest Running Back in Washington History

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    Hugh went to the same high school as old fan, (L.A. Washington) but about ten years earlier.
     
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    Not even close.Hugh McElhenny by a mile.
     
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    Only because Gaskin is the UW all time leading rusher. When I hear people talk about best NFL RBs, Emmitt Smith is usually not a name that's brought up, unless there is some Homer Dallas fan involved haha
     
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    I vote for the King as well
     
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    My former boss, Gil Garcetti, claimed he was the starting quarterback at Washington sbout the tjme you were there. Lousy team, i heard.

    For Keen, as a guy from San Francisco, you could probably find some old highlites of McElhenny runs. He was amaaaaazing. His 100 uard.punt return against USC is one.for.sure.
    He could have gone to USC, I think at the same time as Gifford and Lindon Crow, but was quoted as saying Wahinton offered more money. He played with Don Heinrich at Wash....but imagine him and Gifford and Crow in the same backfield
     
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    Scotty, we talked about this on the OT board. I did go to school with Gil, didn't really know him. He might recognize my name or high school picture. I think he was the starting QB on the '58 team which wasn't a bad team. I was thinking of the '57 team which didn't score any points that year.

    Hugh McElhenny was actually at SC taking classes but Udub made an offer he couldn't refuse. He said he took a pay cut when he turned pro.
     
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    Agreed

    Also Corey Dillon
     
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    Napoleon was Reggie Bush-esque, but without the slimy wannabe agent.
     
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    Bishop Sankey or Chris Polk was very good too.
     
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    One of my closest friends from our office also went to Washington about the same time. He died young, name was Bob Samoian, one of the sweetest human beings I ever knew. Great trial attorney too.
     
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    Napoleon was from my area, I'm wasn't a football player in high school I played hoops, but had friends that played against him. I played in a touch football against him when he was a senior, fastest person I have ever seen and I go to the track championships in Eugene. That's the first time I realized what a true D1 athlete looked like and why I wasn't one of them. Humbling, but something I will never forget.
     
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    Joe Steele 1976-79 was really good until he got a knee vs UCLA in 79 at the Coliseum .. big strong and fast
     
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    Any day of the week and twice on Sunday.....Hugh was easily the best....!
     
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    Went to LAHS '56-'58. Washington was in the Southern League, at that time, it had the toughest City teams: Manual Arts, Jeff, Dorsey, Fremont (w Tony Lorick and A Hamm), LA, plus Washington. Single platoon football, Washington was not competitive with the rest of the league, but had the prettiest cheerleaders.

    BTW at that time the Valley only had six HSs and their enrollments were over 4000 per school as compaared to LAHS w/ 2500 and Jeff w/ < 1700
     
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    Hugh McElhenny, Pop blocked for him at Washington High.
    Said they had good push because they didn’t want to get run over from behind.
     
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    A shout-out for Beno Bryant on that '91 championship team. Beno's entire career wasn't that impressive, but he was a workhorse on that team, vastly better than Napoleon's stats.

    And just prior to that national championship team, Greg Lewis was a fantastic 4-year running back for Don James. He was a first-team All-American his senior year and really set the stage for the tremendous success the Huskies would have following his departure.

    But I'd have to vote for Napoleon Kaufman as well. He was Reggie Bush before there was Reggie. He was a magical back who transformed himself from a fast skinny scat-back with quick feet into a beast who could run with power between the tackles and carry linebackers. Those were fun teams to watch.
     
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    All of the guys mentioned were legitimate backs, as is Gaskin...but none is Hugh Mc Elhenny....
    I guess you had to be there to see him juke Frank Gifford on that 100 yard (yeah, 100 yard) punt return.
     
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    I never saw Hugh play so I couldn't comment on him but I'll join several others in this thread with giving the nod to Kaufman.
     
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