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Former Huskies, NFL QB wants 'major gifts'

4/20/2010

Damon Huard wants your money, Washington fans.

The former Huskies and NFL quarterback has been hired as a "major gifts officer" for his former school's booster club, the "Tyee Club."

A 1995 UW graduate, Huard was a three-year starter for the Huskies. He amassed 5,692 passing yards, a mark that ranks third on the program's all-time list. He retired last year after a 13-year run in the NFL, most notably with the Kansas City Chiefs and New England Patriots, where he earned a pair of Super Bowl rings.

Prior to his professional career taking off in the NFL in 1997, the Puyallup, Wash., native worked for Vulcan Inc. -- billionaire Paul Allen's company -- for nine months. He helped raise awareness for the Seattle Seahawks' new stadium initiative. Now he'll continue in a similar line of work, assisting the development team's external relations within the Puget Sound community. According to assistant athletic director Jennifer Cohen, this will provide the department with a stronger presence in the region.

"He gives our efforts a lot of credibility," Cohen said in a statement. "People know him. They believe in him. They relate to him. They understand that he's one of them. He's a very respected person."

The program's biggest fundraising need: Raising money for a major renovation of dilapidated Husky Stadium.

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