Lightly recruited out of high school, Steve Emtman went on to become one of the all-time defensive greats at the University of Washington and in college football history.
During his sophomore season, he was a key part of a revitalized defense on a Husky squad that finished 10-2 and beat Iowa in the Rose Bowl.
As a junior in 1991, Emtman wreaked havoc on opposing offenses. He had 20.5 tackles for loss and helped the team go 12-0 and win the National Championship.
After the season, he won a host of awards including the Lombardi Award, the Outland Trophy and UPI Lineman of the Year. He also was named the Pac-10 Defensive Player of the Year, was a unanimous consensus All-American and finished fourth in the Heisman Trophy voting.
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Emtman skipped his senior year to enter the 1992 NFL Draft and was taken No. 1 overall by the Indianapolis Colts. Unfortunately, his pro career was cut short by injuries and he retired after six seasons with the Colts, Dolphins and Redskins.
In 2006, he was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame.
Emtman talked about his playing days for the Huskies, UW’s memorable 1991 season and much more in a live chat Nov. 2 on seattletimes.com.