Dynamic Duo – Bob Schloredt and Don McKeta

Dynamic Duo – Bob Schloredt and Don McKeta


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Automation – copy, print, workflow and IT Problem Solved. [cheering]>>Erin Mayovsky: They are two players from
two of the greatest teams in Husky football history. Quarterback Bob Schloredt and Runningback
Don McKeta led the Dawgs to a 21 and 2 record during a two year stand from 1959 to 1960.>>Don McKeta: We were a damn good football
team. We were 48 guys committed to success. It’s certainly an honor to a part of here
and looking back at a time it was when we played.>>Erin: Today, strolling through the Husky
Hall of Fame, Schloredt and McKeta reminisce about the good old days.>>Don McKeta: Uniforms are different and the
athletes are different and everything’s different right now.>>Bob Schloredt: That’s too bad that they’re
getting away from playing the real football. [music]>>Erin: The real football, back in 1959, meant
two platoon football. You played offense and defense. For two seasons, Bob Schloredt was the starting
quarterback for the Huskies. But he also played cornerback on the defense. Don McKeta played halfback on offense, cornerback
on defense. His decisive interception in the 4th quarter of the 1961 Rose Bowl against Minnesota
secured a win for the Huskies.>>Don McKeta: Because just like when we played,
I mean heck you get in there and you get the flow of the game and you get the emotion and
the adrenaline going, it becomes a lot of fun.>>Bob Schloredt: That’s for sure. It certainly
was. It made a big difference to have that energy going all the time.>>Erin: The Huskies had more than enough energy
coming into the 1959 season.>>TV game announcer: A roll off for….Intercepted!
Touchdown!>>Erin: Washington’s stellar defense gave
up only 65 points through the entire regular season.>>Bob Schloredt: The key was hustle, desire,
and that time we kind of had this saying that if anything moved, put your head in it. Put
your helmet in it.>>Erin: On offense, the combination of Schloredt
to McKeta thrilled the Husky nation time and time again.>>TV game announcer: He has plenty of time…beautiful
run…put the stop on Don McKeta…52 yard play.>>Erin: The ’59 Huskies go 9 and 1 during
the regular season and earn their first trip to the Rose Bowl since 1944. They will face
the heavily favored Wisconsin Badgers.>>Don McKeta: You can sense when somebody
has respect for ya or no respect. And when we came together as two teams, they were sort
of obnoxious. It lit a fire. Yeah, it was great>>Erin: The so-called fire ignites a 44 to
8 incineration of Wisconsin. It is the very first Rose Bowl win in Husky football history.>>Don McKeta: And then we just flat-kicked
the heck out of ’em.>>Erin: Husky domination continues the following
year.>>TV game announcer: It’s a touchdown! It’s
a touchdown!>>Erin: In 1960, with just one loss to Navy,
the Huskies make another trip to the Rose Bowl. This time they will meet a more formiddable
foe, the number one ranked Minnesota Golden Gophers.>>Bob Schloredt: They looked like the number
one team.>>Erin: Once again, the Huskies are big underdogs
to a big ten champ. It doesn’t seem to matter. Washington upsets Minnesota 17 to 7. The Dawgs
finish the season 10 and 1 and are awarded the Helms Foundation Award for being the best
team in the nation.>>Don McKeta: There was an aura about that
team that I don’t think very few people or very few teams ever experience. It was a special,
special time. You see that helmet right there…that’s what
I wore in high school. And Bill and I went down to Salvation Army and we saw one of those
and I bought it for a quarter.>>Erin: It was a different time and a different
game but Don McKeta and Bob Schloredt know it’s an honor to be remembered in this Hall
of Fame where they played key roles on two of the best Husky teams of all time.>>Don McKeta: It was special. The electricity,
the respect, our accomplishments that we were able to do and the way we were embraced. It’s
a feeling you just can’t describe.

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