BY SPNW Staff 11:28AM 02/26/2018

Huskies star Sixkiller enters Pac-12 Hall of Honor

QB Sonny Sixkiller (1970-72) Monday became the first ex-Washington Huskies football player to earn induction into the expanded Pac-12 Hall of Honor.

During his three-year UW football career, Sonny Sixkiller (6) became one of the most popular players in school history. / David Eskenazi Collection

The Pac-12 Conference Monday selected 11 athletes, including University of Washington QB Sonny Sixkiller for induction into the league’s Hall of Honor. Sixkiller and his fellow inductees will be enshrined March 9 during a ceremony prior to the semifinals of men’s conference basketball tournament in Las Vegas.

The Hall of Honor was established in 2002 to honor former conference basketball players. This will mark the first year that the Hall will induct athletes and coaches from all sports.

A native of Ashland, OR., Sixkiller starred for the Huskies from 1970-72 under coach Jim Owens and became a fan favorite from his first start when he led UW to a 42-16 upset win over Michigan State Sept. 19, 1970. Sixkiller threw for 2,303 yards and 15 touchdowns as a sophomore and was named the Touchdown Club of Ohio’s Sammy Baugh Trophy winner.

Sixkiller led the Huskies to back-to-back 8-3 records in his junior and senior seasons, also becoming the second UW football player (following Bob Schloredt) to appear on the cover of Sports Illustrated. Sixkiller finished his career with 5,496 passing yards and 35 touchdowns, school records that stood for 20 years.

Following his UW career, Sixkiller spent two years in the short-lived World Football League. Sixkiller was inducted into the Husky Hall of Fame in 1985. Today, he is an executive for IMG Sports, the official rights holder for UW athletics.

Joining Sixkiller in the 2018 Hall of Honor class: Michael Wright, basketball, Arizona; Linda Vollstedt, women’s golf coach, Arizona State; Matt Biondi, swimming, California;  Bill Toomey, track and field, Colorado; Andrew Wheating, middle distance runner, Oregon; Carol Menken-Schaudt, basketball, Oregon State; Kerri Walsh Jennings, beach volleyball, Stanford; Rafer Johnson, track and field, UCLA; Cheryl Miller, basketball, USC;, Missy Marlowe, gymnastics, Utah; Laura Lavine, track and field, Washington State.


  • Ken S.

    Couldn’t have happened to a nicer guy! I think I went to almost every home game in those years. Hmm. I’m dating myself!

    • art thiel

      That’s OK. It’s legal.

  • ss

    Congrats, Sonny! Thanks for the great years. What a great honor and what esteemed company!

    • art thiel

      Sonny was a national phenomenon well before every game was on national TV.

      • ss

        I remember his duels with Dan Fouts as some exciting aerial displays.