"You've got to be a football hero to get along with the beautiful girls," Bothell's Bud Ericksen was quoted as saying. He played center for Bothell High all four years he attended, under legendary coach Pop Keeney, for whom the football stadium behind the Anderson School property is named.
Coach Keeney's leadership served Bud well - after graduating from high school in 1934, Ericksen went on to play center for the Huskies at the University of Washington. In 1937, the Huskies won the bid to play in the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, CA. Despite a 21-0 loss to the Pittsburgh Panthers, the big game must have been quite an experience for a kid from a small town north of Seattle.
Bud and the Huskies had a chance to redeem themselves that same year when they traveled to the Pineapple Bowl in Honolulu, HI. After catching a lateral pass from a running back, Bud sprinted 32 yards down the field to score the opening touchdown in the game against Hawaii. The Huskies won, 53-13.
And in 1938, Bud was selected to play in the College All-Star Football Classic, in which college seniors from across the nation were paired against the reigning NFL champs. (Can you imagine this happening in today's day and age? Not a chance, due to liability, risk of injury, monetary loss due to player injury, etc.) In this particular 1938 match-up, the All-Stars played the Washington Redskins - and the college guys actually won, 28-16, in front of 74,250 roaring fans at Soldier Field in Chicago, IL.
The center from Bothell had clearly impressed someone in the Redskins office that day. He was offered a position on the team, thereby becoming one of the only athletes from Bothell to join the NFL, as of 2015. Bud spent one season in the pros before he was let go at the 1939 training camp.
When the United States entered WWII, Ericksen became an officer in the Army Air Corps. It was during his service that he met his future wife, Patricia O'Toole. The couple married and settled in Bothell, where they raised three children and operated a car dealership. The family had season tickets to the Husky games; however, Bud would attend rival Washington State home games later on, in order to see his granddaughter play in the Cougar Marching Band.
Bud was a committed member of the Bothell community and in fact served as the city's mayor from 1963 ‘til 1973. Upon his passing, his children and grandchildren created the Bud Ericksen Inspirational Scholarship for a Bothell High senior football player, a fitting remembrance to a man dedicated to his sport, his family and his community.
Today, our Anderson School hotel features a guestroom named for Bud Ericksen, to celebrate the hometown boy's many accomplishments.