Hugh McElhenny (1928-2022) was UW’s tallest and highest paid soccer player

The oldest football fans at the University of Washington will tell you pretty emphatic that the greatest husky player they’ve ever seen was Hugh McElhenny. Not the immensely talented Steve Emtman, Napolean Kaufman, or Bob Schloredt. There was no comparison to these others.

Undoubtedly, it was the tall, explosive Southern California running back who influenced UW football like no other player before or since.

It was this man named McElhenny who became a mythical football figure throughout Seattle and much later admitted that all the secret stories about him were true.

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