Feeney’s Big Day Dedicated To Family

By Mason Kelley

BOULDER, Colo. – Travis Feeney wanted to do something to show support for his family. He wanted to come up with a creative way to remember those who have been affected by cancer.

With several members of his family, and a friend of his mother, losing battles with cancer over the past few years, Feeney decided to honor the end of Breast Cancer Awareness Month by shaving the ribbon symbol that marks the month into the back of his head.

“I was doing it for my mom,” Feeney said. “I’m just trying to show everyone back home, represent for them and show them I love them. It’s just a remembrance of them, a dedication.”

Feeney got the new hairstyle two weeks ago before the Arizona State game. He wanted to put together a dynamic performance he could dedicate to his family. He finished that game with three tackles and a sack.

The breakthrough performance he was looking for, well, he knew it was coming. He just had the wrong week.

In Washington’s 38-23 win at Colorado, Feeney finished with five tackles – one for loss – and returned an interception 30 yards for a touchdown that helped seal the win for the Huskies.

“It’s definitely a dedication to them,” he said. “That’s how I wanted to play. I tried to do it last week, but this week it’s right there.”

When asked about the interception, Feeney said he simply “sat and waited” for the ball to land in his hands.

“It came right to me,” he said. “I finally got it and just ran.” 

The defensive touchdown was Washington’s seventh of the season – a school record. The Huskies currently lead the NCAA in finding the end zone on defense. Shaq Thompson has four defensive touchdowns. John Timu has a pair. Now Feeney can say he is one of the Washington linebackers who found a way to put points on the board.

“Now I can say I’m one of them,” Feeney said. “Timu and Shaq have been messing around with me about it. Finally, I caught one.”

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