The University of Washington football program is widely referred to as “Quarterback U”, thanks to the amount of signal-callers they have sent into the NFL. Back in the late 1950s and early 1960s, the Huskies had one of the best quarterbacks in program history under center. He was a guy who could hurt you with his arm, and his legs.
That player was Bob Schloredt, who played for the program from 1958 to 1960. An option quarterback, Schloredt managed to lead the Huskies to a 15-2 record during his time as the starter, including two wins in the Rose Bowl in 1960 and 1961. In fact, he was named Most Valuable Player in both those games and is a member of the Rose Bowl Hall of Fame.
A two-way player, as he also played defensive back, Schloredt was drafted by both the CFL and the AFL, though he would come back to the school as an assistant coach. Incredibly, he was able to accomplish all these things despite the fact that he was blinded in is left eye as a child due to a fireworks accident.
Schloredt was the 1959 WJ Voit Memorial Trophy winner, which is given to the top player on the Pacific Coast. In 1989, he was elected into the College Football Hall of Fame and is a member of the Husky Football Hall of Fame as well. He did incredible things on the field for the Huskies and rightfully is included in our top-30.