Previously blind grandfather will see Washington Huskies Bishop Sankey play in college for first time

Sep 28, 2013; Seattle, WA, USA; Washington Huskies running back Bishop Sankey (25) rushes against the Arizona Wildcats during the third quarter at Husky Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports

Everybody needs a heart warming story once in a while and thanks to Bishop Sankey and his grandfather, we have one.

Sankey, the Washington Huskies running back who currently leads the nation in rushing yards per game will have his grandfather in the stands this weekend as Washington takes on Stanford. However, this isn’t just a typical family outing as Sankey’s grandfather, Albert, has never seen his grandson play college football.

It wasn’t that he didn’t want to or never took the time to do it – he simply couldn’t as Albert has been legally blind in his left eye for over 30 years. Unfortunately, the elder Sankey also lost vision in his right eye over five years ago. That lead to Albert’s inability to see his grandson play football, but thanks to a cornea transplant, he will now be able to see out of his right eye and this weekend will watch as his grandson take the field as a college athlete for the first time.

“I’m pretty excited,” Bishop said Wednesday. “He’ll be there, and it’ll be his first game seeing me in college. I know he’s excited.”

To say the least.

“I can’t wait to hug him,” Grandpa Sankey said, “and see his face.”

‘Pretty excited’ is quite the understatement as Grandpa Sankey also suggested that he’s feeling so good, he might be able to get out there and block for his grandson.

Topics: Bishop Sankey, Washington Huskies

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