Feb. 10, 2010
The Washington football team has a long tradition of family members following one another to be a part of the program.
Over the past couple of decades, there have been a number of sons of former Huskies who have followed in their fathers' footsteps: players like Nate Robinson, Luke Kravitz and Dan Dicks, just to name a few recent examples.
Even more prevalent in recent Husky history is the number of brothers that have followed one another onto the team, or who have even played together.
Dave and Steve Hoffmann were teammates in the early 1990s. Matt and Darius Jones spent some time on the roster together around that same time, as did Damon and Brock Huard. Ben and Ryan Kadletz (both sons of former Husky Jon Kadletz), Patrick and Petro Kesi, Jamal and Matt Fountaine, Marques and Zach Tuiasosopo, C.J. and Jordan Wallace, Sekou and Fred Wiggs and countless other brother pairs have worn the Purple and Gold.
Last week, when high school seniors signed their National Letters of Intent and committed their football futures to the school of their choice, two more young men joined in this Husky family tradition: O'Dea fullback Zach Fogerson and Lakes safety/receiver Jamaal Kearse.
Both Johri and Jermaine said that, while they're happy that their brothers elected to come to the UW, they tried not to apply any pressure and left the decision up to their brother.
"I let him make his own decision," said Jermaine Kearse. "I didn't really talk to him that much about it."
"I just left him alone and let him go through the process and enjoy it," said Johri Fogerson. "Everyone is different. He had fun, and then he chose the right school, obviously."
Both sets of brothers played together in high school. The Kearses were teammates on the Lakes team that went 11-1 in 2007 while the Fogersons were a key part of O'Dea's 13-1 season and trip to the state title game that same year.
Said the elder Kearse: "It's pretty cool. It's going to be the second time that I've gotten to play with him, so I'm looking forward to it. It's always good to play with your brother. It's going to be cool."
Fogerson also pointed out that, from a logistical standpoint, it works out well that he and his brother will be on the same sideline each Saturday in the fall.
"I'm excited about playing with my brother and so is my family," he said. "They don't have to go to two different places."
Presumably, the Kearse family is happy about that too.