Random Seattle Athlete of the Day: Cody Pickett

Name: Cody Pickett

Claim to Fame: Pickett was the Husky Quarterback from 2001 to 2003 after the departure of Marquis Tuiasosopo. He led the Huskies to two bowl games, the Holiday Bowl in 2001 and the Sun Bowl in 2002.

Was he any good? Out of the past four notable Husky quarterbacks, Pickett is the most prolific passer out of the group. Pickett is considered by some to even be one of the best passers to ever wear purple and gold.

The stats back him up too. His 10,220 career passing yards rank first in the Husky record books. His 4,458 passing yards in the 2002 season is the most ever in a single-season at UW and the most ever from any individual in the Pac-10 conference. Pickett also holds the UW record for most passing yards in a game, 455 against Arizona in 2001.

In 2002 he was named the Huskies Offensive MVP, he made 2nd team All-Pac-10, and was named as an honorable mention to the SI All-American and All-American teams.

Anything Else Interesting About Him? Pickett was a national rodeo champion in high school. He also lettered in basketball and golf, along with football and rodeo. He is from Caldwell, Idaho, which is interesting in itself, and it also explains why he got into rodeo. Pickett was originally recruited by Jim Lambright, but accepted a scholarship anyways from Rick Neuheisel when slick Rick took the helm as head coach.

It would be a crime not to mention Reggie Williams. Most of the passes thrown by Pickett ended up in the hands of Williams. Williams himself owns the career and single-season UW records for receptions and yards.

Despite the accolades, his NFL prospects coming out of his senior year were dim. The 49ers drafted Pickett in the seventh round, he played there in 2004 and 2005. In 2006 he was on the roster for the Houston Texans. Pickett then found himself on the Raiders in 2007. After being cut in 2007, Pickett has played in the CFL and is currently on the Calgary Stampeders.