The Washington Huskies have a long history as one of college football’s great teams. Through the years they have had a number of very good players wear the purple and gold too. Many of those have been quarterbacks. What about the quarterbacks who have played for the Huskies and gone on to be drafted into the NFL?
Here is a look at the former Huskies quarterbacks who have been drafted into the NFL over the years.
Don Heinrich – 1952
Don Heinrich led the entire country in passing in 1950 and 1952 and was then drafted in the third round of the 1952 NFL Draft. He played 1953-1959 with the New York Giants, 1960 with the Dallas Cowboys, and saw his last pro football action in 1962 with the Oakland Raiders. He would go on to be an assistant coach for several teams in the NFL, as well go into broadcasting. He was voted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1987.
Chris Rowland – 1976
Chris Rowland played quarterback for the Huskies from 1973 to 1975. He would be drafted into the NFL that season in the 17th round of the draft by the hometown Seattle Seahawks in their first year in pro football. He would not see any playing time.
Tom Flick – 1981
Tom Flick saw action as the starting quarterback for the Huskies in 1979 and 1980. He was taken in the fourth round of the 1981 NFL draft by the Washington Redskins and would have a seven year NFL career that also saw him play for the New England Patriots, Cleveland Browns, San Diego Chargers, and New York Jets.
Steve Pelluer – 1984
Steve Pelluer saw action with the Huskies in the early 1980s and would be taken in the 1984 NFL Draft by the Dallas Cowboys. He went on to play from 1984 to 1988 for the Cowboys and then 1989 to 1991 with the Kansas City Chiefs. He also was on the roster of the Denver Broncos in 1991. He would later play with the Frankfurt Galaxy of the World League of American Football.
Hugh Millen – 1986
Hugh Millen was the quarterback for the Huskies in 1984 and 1985, and would go on to be taken in the third round of the 1986 NFL Draft. He would play eight years in the NFL, mostly as a backup, and see action with the Rams, Atlanta Falcons, New England Patriots, Dallas Cowboys, Denver Broncos, and New Orleans Saints. He would later go into broadcasting.
Chris Chandler – 1988
Chris Chandler quarterbacked the Huskies from 1985 to 1987 and was then drafted in the 1988 NFL Draft by the Indianapolis Colts. He would go on to have a more than respectable 17 year NFL career that saw him see action with many teams, including the Colts, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Phoenix Cardinals, Los Angeles Rams, Houston Oilers, Atlanta Falcons, Chicago Bears, and the St. Louis Rams. He is married to the daughter of NFL legend John Brodie and is active in celebrity golf tournaments.
Cary Conklin – 1990
Cary Conklin saw action at quarterback with the Huskies from 1986 to 1989. He was then drafted in the fourth round of the 1990 NFL Draft by the Washington Redskins. He saw limited action with the Redskins for four seasons and finished his professional career as a backup with the San Francisco 49ers.
Mark Brunell – 1993
Mark Brunell was quarterback for the Washington Huskies from 1989 to 1992 and was taken in the fifth round of the 1993 NFL Draft by the Green Bay Packers. He saw limited action with the Packers and then went on to be a Pro Bowl quarterback for the Jacksonville Jaguars. He also saw action with the Washington Redskins, New Orleans Saints, and New York Jets.
Billy Joe Hobert – 1993
Billy Joe Hobert saw significant action with the Huskies in the early 1990s, including leading the team to a national title in 1991 after teammate Mark Brunell was injured. He would be drafted by the Los Angeles Raiders in the third round of the 1993 NFL Draft and go on to play eight seasons in the league. He saw action with the Raiders, Buffalo Bills, New Orleans Saints, and Indianapolis Colts.
Brock Huard – 1999
Brock Huard was the Gatorade National Player of the Year in high school and went on to be the quarterback of the Huskies from 1996 to 1998. He was drafted in the third round of the 1999 NFL Draft by the Seattle Seahawks and played for them from 1999 to 2001. He then spent the 2002 and 2003 seasons with the Indianapolis Colts before returning to the Seahawks in 2004 for what would be his final season in the NFL. He too later moved on into broadcasting.
Marques Tuiasosopo – 2001
Marques Tuiasosopo was a highly rated quarterback for the Huskies from 1997 to 2000. He was selected in the second round of the 2001 NFL Draft by the Oakland Raiders. He went on to play for the Raiders from 2001 to 2006. He spent 2007 with the New York Jets before returning to the Raiders in 2008 for his last season of pro football. Following his pro football career, Tuiasosopo went back to the college ranks as an assistant coach.
Cody Pickett – 2004
Cody Pickett was a successful quarterback with the Huskies from 1999 to 2003. He would then be drafted in the seventh round of the 2004 NFL Draft by the San Francisco 49ers. He spent two seasons with the 49ers and a preseason stint with the Houston Texans before moving on to play in the World League with the Rhein Fire. Pickett would spend a portion of the off season under contract to the Oakland Raiders in 2007 before moving on to the Canadian Football League where he has played for the Toronto Argonauts, Montreal Alouettes, and Calgary Stampeders.
Isaiah Stanback – 2007
Isaiah Stanback played quarterback, among other positions, for the Huskies from 2003 to 2006. In 2007, Stanback would be drafted in the fourth round by the Dallas Cowboys. During his NFL career which has included time with the Cowboys, New England Patriots, and Seattle Seahawks, Stanback has also seen playing time as a wide receiver.
Players who have played quarterback for the University of Washington and in the NFL but have not been drafted into the league include Warren Moon and Damon Huard.