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Originally published January 1, 2011 at 8:03 PM | Page modified January 2, 2011 at 4:15 PM

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Fan comments on Washington quarterback Jake Locker

Many Seattle Times readers shared their thoughts about Jake Locker. Here are some of the best: Nothing but smiles after Nebraska upset Not...

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Many Seattle Times readers shared their thoughts about Jake Locker. Here are some of the best:

Nothing but smiles

after Nebraska upset

Not just for Husky fans, but for every serious sports fan in Seattle, the Huskies' manhandling of Nebraska in the Holiday Bowl was one of the highlights of the last several years. This is probably what Jake Locker was thinking of when he passed on unimaginable riches and fame in the NFL a year ago.

It must have been worth it. I saw the smile on his face after the game. I wish he could see mine.

— Raymond S. Wilson, Bellevue

One classy guy

He has been an absolute pleasure to watch the last four seasons, but I still have one question regarding Jake Locker: Do superstar athletes come any classier than this kid?

— Charlie Toth, Poulsbo

Role model for youth

When college football is filled with so many "low character" guys who quite frankly shouldn't even be in college if it were not for their athletic ability, along comes a Jake Locker. He's a quality individual who, whether he makes it at the next level or not, will be a positive contributor to society no matter what he does.

Thanks, Jake, for being a superb role model for our youth and good luck at whatever the future holds for you and your family

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— Clew, Port Angeles

Retire his number

He will go to the combine, be one of the fastest guys there at his size, make all the throws and some NFL GM will be afraid to be remembered as "the guy who passed on Jake Locker." True, NFL success will be another story, but for now we're all enjoying the fairy tale ending to a Husky career that will grow in stature to legendary as time goes on.

Jake, way to go. I'd like to see your number retired just for what your COMMITMENT has meant to Husky football.

— Tim Ogard, Kenmore

All guts and heart

He is a great athlete who will have a very good NFL career. We all know he can pass, and pass well.

His guts and heart helped win that game, and whether you realize it or not, that is a big thing for the pro scouts.

— Another Old Dawg, Newcastle

Resurrecting Huskies

Props to Jake Locker. Great competitor, great person. Happy for him this morning and all he represents in college athletics. The Huskies took a huge step back to respectability last night. Defense was sticky. Offense strong. The way I remember this team in the glory years.

— Duck, Salisbury, N.C.

Leadership winner

Locker's leadership and determination won this game. An unselfish athlete who really is an awesome role model in so many ways.

— CCR71, Oceanside, Calif.

Staying true to UW

What a great ride. I can vividly remember listening to Jake score his first TD against Syracuse four years ago. There weren't as many wins as us fans would have hoped, but I think that makes it even sweeter. Through the valleys of an 0-12 season and the peaks of potential NFL millions, he stayed true to UW.

There won't be many more like him.

— Huskyonspeed, Wenatchee

Unlimited upside

Count yourselves lucky. We may never see a more gifted and less selfish player put the purple and gold on again, ever.

Jake's future is bright with unlimited upside. What he did for UW football can't even begin to be measured in any way. Jake should have a lifetime key to the city and the UW.

Instead of pointing fingers when things were very unstable at many points in the season, he kept a positive outlook and lifted those around him. If the NFL is looking for a leader and a winner, Jake will make his mark at the next level. As an accomplished athlete in my own right and avid sports fan for most of my near-50 years, Jake Locker is head and shoulders above the most gifted athlete I've ever seen. I've been around and played with and against pro athletes in different sports and Jake doesn't have a close second. The sky is the limit for this one-of-a-kind Sports Hero for WA.

We will not soon see another of his skill on the field and uncommon admiration off the field. Best of luck to you, Jake. Scott and Anita, a fine job indeed of raising a better person than he is an athlete, which is saying something.

— nwpacker, Seattle

Jake the Great

It has been a fantastic journey over the last two years. Thank you, Jake the Great!

— Citizenhusky, Seattle

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