Bob Rondeau arrives a little earlier than normal on his last day of work at Husky Stadium.
Normally he gets there two hours before kickoff, but this day is different. The 67-year-old iconic sports broadcaster pulls into the parking lot at 1:30 p.m., 4½ hours before Washington and Washington State kick off.
And now he’s retiring while the program is soaring again. He’ll call one last game Dec. 30 when No. 12 Washington (10-2) faces No. 9 Penn State (10-2) in the Fiesta Bowl at the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Ariz.
During his final game at Husky Stadium, Rondeau — who abhors the spotlight — reluctantly allowed us to follow him and chronicle a special day filled with emotional send-offs, tributes and another UW blowout victory in the 110th Apple Cup.
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