State Relations

July 17, 2009

Husky player shows speed … and valor

It’s always great to wrap up a week with a purely positive story — and here is a great one.  Jerry Brewer’s column in today’s Seattle Times tells how Husky football player Skyler Fancher ran down a purse snatcher — on an injured leg to boot.

File this one under “Insanely Valiant Displays of Athletic Heroism.” Fancher, a sophomore offensive lineman on the Washington football team, helped catch a purse snatcher Tuesday night, defying his injury all the while.

He was eating dinner with a friend at Chipotle Mexican Grill in the University District when the chaos began. A young woman and her friend screamed and started the chase, the teenage thief ran away from them, and Fancher decided to sprint after him — in his flip-flops.

The chase lasted about 10 minutes, according to Fancher. It included two other men, one of whom suffered knee and nose injuries while trying to catch the purse snatcher. During the pursuit, Fancher, who has had two surgeries on his right leg since he injured it during spring practice, also climbed a wall.

You can read the whole story here — it is sure to put a smile on your face.