Brock Huard: The coldest football game I ever played…
Brock Huard remembers being on the sidelines during a blizzard in Denver and for a few games where the temperature was in the teens at Lambeau Field. But the coldest game he ever remembers playing was in his own proverbial backyard: the 1996 Apple Cup.
“I believe it was equally cold over in Pullman for an Apple Cup,” he told KIRO Radio’s Dori Monson. “And (running back) Corey Dillon somehow, in 15-degree weather, still got cramps.”
It’s going to be cold on Sunday when the Seahawks travel to Minnesota. Like, maybe record-breaking cold.
Though Dillon, a successful pro after playing with Huard at the University of Washington, wore an entire scuba suit under his uniform, plus another layer, to (unsuccessfully) cope with the frigid temperatures, Huard taped plastic garbage bags over his feet.
“That’s the biggest thing, your feet, your toes,” he said. “Anybody knows that when they’ve been in really inclement, terribly cold weather, it’s your fingers and your toes that just can’t function.”
Dave Wyman, who played linebacker for nine years with the Seahawks and Broncos, remembers a game in New England where the wind chill factor was around minus-10 degrees. But because he was on the field for most of the game, he said it “never really got that cold.” His frostiest memory came during a game in Denver, when it rained the entire first half and then the temperature dropped around 25-degrees for the second half.
“I was at the bottom of a pile … and there was something floating around in my mouth,” Wyman said. “I thought it was one of my teeth that had gotten knocked out, but I found out later that it was just a rock that was in there. But I really couldn’t tell the difference. I’m so cold that my tooth might have gotten knocked out and I wasn’t aware of it.”
Huard said it’s tough for quarterbacks to throw in the cold because the footballs are “rock hard.”
“It’s an advantage that (Russell Wilson) has big hands, it’s an advantage that he’ll have the hand warmers,” he said. “I’ll be curious if he wears gloves. He’s normally a guy who never wears gloves. Teddy Bridgewater, for Minnesota, does; doesn’t matter what the weather is, he always wears gloves.”
Huard is most interested to see how coach Pete Carroll handles the elements.
“Pete doesn’t like to wear hats,” Huard said. “You’ve seen him like a wet dog in the monsoons. So is he gonna be all bundled up? And is he gonna be running up and down, and kicking and screaming and doing everything that he normally does in negative weather for the oldest coach now in the NFL?”