SEATTLE – Lincoln Kennedy already knows how much has changed at the University of Washington since he last put on a Huskies uniform in the 1993 Rose Bowl.
But the thunder and lightning on Wednesday offered a comical reminder.
Dark skies threatened the Huskies during their fifth practice of preseason camp, so as a precaution, they moved their workout inside to the Dempsey Indoor practice facility.
Kennedy, in his first season as an on-air analyst for the Pac-12 Networks, was in town to help film the network’s UW training camp special. And as the Huskies players jogged from the Husky Stadium turf to the Dempsey, with the Pac-12 Networks crew still set up on the sideline near the visitor’s locker room, the affable ex-offensive lineman yelled out, to nobody in particular: “We don’t go inside! We’re Dawgs!”
“It was so weird seeing the rain come overhead and seeing the team depart for an indoor facility,” Kennedy said with a laugh as he chatted with reporters between on-camera interviews with UW players. “We never had that luxury.”
Kennedy spent part of Wednesday reminiscing about his time at Washington, where he played in three consecutive Rose Bowls, helped win a national championship in 1991 – a large ring commemorating this achievement decorates his massive right hand – and was named a unanimous All-American in 1992.
For his efforts – many consider him one of the most dominant offensive linemen of his era – Lincoln was inducted in January into the College Football Hall of Fame, an honor he said he never expected.
“To be honest, I didn’t know I was that good,” said Kennedy, who towered over opponents as a 6-foot-6, 335-pound tackle. “You know what, it really is a dream come true. You think about all the time and all the sweat I’ve had on this field and everything else, and to see it taken to that step, I never truly imagined it would happen.”
Since retiring from football after an 11-year NFL career, Kennedy has started to make a name for himself as a broadcaster. He’s been a member of the Oakland Raiders radio broadcast team since 2013, and has worked as an analyst for the NFL Network and as a co-host on FOX Sports Radio.
But when the Pac-12 called him, Kennedy said, “I jumped on it the moment it came, because this is something I’ve always wanted.”
He’s in awe of the renovated Husky Stadium – “what the Huskies have been able to do here, it’s absolutely immaculate,” he said – and said he was “ecstatic” when UW hired Chris Petersen as coach in December 2013.
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