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Former Washington star Nate Robinson stresses Apple Cup’s importance to current Huskies

Washington Huskies defensive back Austin Joyner (4) carries the Apple Cup to Washington's locker room after the 2017 Apple Cup on Thursday, November 23, 2017, at Husky Stadium in Seattle, Wash. (Tyler Tjomsland / The Spokesman-Review)
Washington Huskies defensive back Austin Joyner (4) carries the Apple Cup to Washington's locker room after the 2017 Apple Cup on Thursday, November 23, 2017, at Husky Stadium in Seattle, Wash. (Tyler Tjomsland / The Spokesman-Review)

SEATTLE – It’s common practice for a football coach to have prominent alums address the team, particularly when a rivalry game comes around.

Washington head coach Chris Peterson invited several ex-Huskies, including Nate Robinson, who played one season of football at UW before concentrating on basketball.

“It was great,” Peterson said. “I think he wanted to play with us. My understanding is he still has three years of football eligibility left but he still likes that roundball I guess.”

Robinson told the players earlier this week to understand the importance of the Apple Cup.

“He was talking about enjoying the moment,” junior running back Myles Gaskin said. “I had a few moments before the game where I kind of looked around. This has gone by fast. Just have fun with it.”