Sept. 4, 2004
Seattle - When the Washington football team kicks off its 2004 season opener against Fresno State at 2:30 Sunday afternoon at Husky Stadium, the Huskies will display a new tribute to former player Curtis Williams. Saturday morning, before the team's final workout of the week, a purple circle and Williams' number 25 was painted on the white boundary adjacent to the 25-yard line closest to the stadium's tunnel where the team's enter and exit the stadium. Husky senior fullback James Sims will be the recipient of the Curtis Williams Endowed Scholarship for the second year in a row. This season, Sims will not wear 25, Williams number, Instead, he has switched to number 22 for the season. "We wanted to do something to honor Curtis and last year it was having James wear his jersey," said Husky coach Keith Gilbertson. "This year I wanted to include his number on the field and so we had it painted near our bench. Curtis always loved playing in Husky Stadium and this is a fitting tribute." During the 2000 season, Williams, a senior strong safety, suffered a spinal cord injury during the Huskies' October 28 football game at Stanford that left him paralyzed below the neck. Williams died in May of 2002. More than $400,000 has been raised for the Curtis Williams Fund. Williams younger brother, Paul, is a sophomore wide receiver at Fresno State.