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Joel McHale, Star of Community, Played Washington Huskies Football

About two decades ago, Joel McHale was suiting up for the Washington Huskies. Here's a snippet of his post from Grantland; read the rest by clicking here!

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I was in a fraternity with a bunch of football players for two rocky quarters at the University of Washington. It was a football house, but I got along with them really well. A great player named Chico Fraley asked me, "Why don't you try out for football?" And I thought, "Ah, yes, I do want to die." But that's what I did. I walked on.

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I was actually on the crew team for a few weeks first. Out of high school I got recruited to row. Not a lot of people watch crew at the University of Washington, so the team made up for it by being assholes — they were less concerned about rowing than whether the freshmen were being hazed enough. Every year, they'd shave the freshmen's heads and eyebrows and make a hair pillow; they had a glass display case filled with years' worth of hair pillows, which they were quite proud of. One time I didn't push a chair in properly, so the varsity crew team surrounded me and their captain hit me for being insubordinate. So I switched to football.

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This is some good pub for a program that appears to be on the right track up in Seattle. Not so much good pub for the UW crew team, who sound kinda lame. Now I remember why I never wanted to do crew!

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(Oh, and plug-in, Community airs tonight on NBC. If you haven't seen it, you should give it a try!)

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