Dec. 31, 2000
PASADENA, Calif. - The Washington Huskies will have some extra inspiration for the Rose Bowl: teammate Curtis Williams will be there.
"We're going to do what Curtis would want us to do," quarterback Marques Tuiasosopo said. "If Curtis was still out there with us, he'd be working his tail off."
Huskies coach Rick Neuheisel said an effort will be made to have Williams visit the locker room.
"It will be an emotional time for all of us," he said.
Williams, a starting safety and fifth-year senior from Fresno, was paralyzed from the neck down during a game against Stanford on Oct. 28.
He is in a rehabilitation center in San Jose and is to fly to Burbank on game day. He will be driven by ambulance to the Rose Bowl and will watch in a wheelchair from a stadium suite.
The Huskies have dedicated their season to him.
"When it happens to someone close to you, it just hits you," Tuiasosopo said. "It makes you realize that football is not life. When it happened, we took a step back and said our day will come someday, so we should enjoy every minute of life."
By JIM COUR
AP Sports Writer