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Friday, August 31, 2012 - Page updated at 07:30 p.m.

Highlights of a live chat with Joe Steele


Joe Steele, a record-setting running back at Washington out of Bishop Blanchet High School who was drafted by the Seahawks, talked about Don James, the 1978 Rose Bowl and this year's Huskies in a live chat with readers Thursday. Here are some of the highlights:

Q: What are you up to these days?

Steele: I live in Kirkland with my wife Lisa. Been there 25 years. I have a couple of kids — daughter Kaylen, 23, was a Husky; son Jake, 14, will be a freshman at Lake Washington High School this year. I've been in the commercial real estate industry for the past 30 years.

Q: What are your thoughts on this year's Husky running backs?

Steele: Losing Chris Polk is a tough loss. Chris had a great career. I hear great things about both Bishop Sankey and Jesse Callier. I'm sure they're going to step in and carry the load.

Q: What was the best atmosphere you played in during your tenure and why?

Steele: You'd have to say the Rose Bowl. In front of 105,000 fans, being 16-, 17-point underdogs and watching Bo Schembechler blow a gasket in the third quarter was quite a sight.

I think playing in the L.A. Coliseum against both UCLA and USC was always special, too. Entering the tunnel and seeing the 'SC marching band. It all looked like a Hollywood production.

Q: What is one element of the college game you would like to see changed/improved?

Steele: I'd say it's the recruiting process. From reading the newspaper (they didn't pay me to say that!) and listening to Coach Sark, it's sounds like it's a little bit of a free-for-all. It's a different time today.

In my day, it was very different. The technology and social networking was very different. You made a commitment to the school and you went to that school. There were no cellphones, no texting, no Twitter. We had one rotary phone on the wall, and my mom was pretty good at controlling the incoming calls. I think she wanted me to be a Husky! And she didn't like Barry Switzer much.

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