Joel McHale, yes, that Joel McHale, is the worst Husky tight end ever

Chris Burkhardt
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Joel McHale is the worst Husky tight end of all-time originally appeared on NBC Sports Northwest

Joel McHale is a celebrity. 

He has been in numerous movies and television shows, most notably playing Jeff Winger in the show Community, as well as hosting The Soup on E! network.

He also has more than 20 movie credits on his resume, playing roles in Spider-Man 2 and Ted to name a few.

Needless to say, McHale is a star. But it hasn't always been that way. 

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In the early 90s, McHale was just another face in the crowd at the University of Washington. 

Luckily for McHale, he was also a gifted athlete and used those talents to earn a spot as a walk-on tight end for the UW football team in 1992.

So, "how good was McHale?" you ask. Not very. 

But those aren't our words, those are basically his. 

McHale, a noted Seahawks fan, appeared on NBC Sports Bay Area's pregame show ahead of the Sunday afternoon game between the Seahawks and 49ers. When asked about his time at UW, he put it simply, "I was the worst tight end in the history of the Huskies."

I was the worst tight end in the history of the Huskies, by a mile. I was practically a mascot. They would often accidentally give me the top part of the Husky head instead of a helmet.

Joel McHale on his time at UW

"I was a walk-on," said McHale. "I was on scout offense. I just would play against the defense and get my butt kicked constantly. It was two years of my life I enjoyed thoroughly."

On the squad in 1992 and 1993, McHale never took a live snap for the Huskies. But you know what? At least he was on the team! 

Don't believe us? Take a look at this photo of McHale outside of Rose Bowl Stadium, one of the few photos of McHale with the Huskies.

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He may be the self-proclaimed worst tight end in UW history, but yeah, he still got a chance to wear the purple and gold so it wasn't all bad. 

"I look back at that time very fondly and that's where I kind of learned to work hard and avoid serious injury." 

The hard work in Seattle paid off in Hollywood.