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Steve Gleason to be inducted in WSU Hall of Fame at 2014 Apple Cup

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The former WSU football and baseball player - and current ALS sufferer and advocate - will be the lone 2014 inductee during an on-field ceremony.

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WSU announced back in August that former football player Steve Gleason would be the lone 2014 inductee into the school's athletic hall of fame, and now we know when it will happen: During the Apple Cup.

Never before has a WSU hall of fame class consisted of just one member, but it seems a fitting honor for a man who has been such a superlative representative of the university, first as a football and baseball player (from 1995-99), then as a professional athlete (from 2000-2007 with the New Orleans Saints), and finally as an ALS patient (diagnosed in 2011) who has raised untold awareness and dollars to fight the disease that afflicts him.

What the actual on-field ceremony will look like is anyone's guess, but as many on Twitter have suggested, it would be a wonderful gesture for athletics director Bill Moos to announce that he will be lending Gleason's name to something related to the field or the new Cougar Football Complex.

We do know one thing: It likely will be awfully dusty in Martin Stadium when Gleason gets the recognition he so richly deserves. Even Huskies will be giving him his due.

Oh, and by the way: The last time Gleason visited WSU in an official capacity, in 2011, he gave a pregame speech to the team. The game? WSU's stunning upset of Arizona State, in which Paul Wulff bypassed Connor Halliday -- who had just thrown for 494 yards -- to give Gleason the game ball.

Maybe Gleason can bring some more of that voodoo magic with him from New Orleans on Saturday to spur on Ol' Wazzu.

Go Cougs.