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Tuesday, April 20, 2010
Former Huskies, NFL QB wants 'major gifts'

By ESPN.com staff
ESPN.com

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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