RB’s Grandpa Regains Sight for Game


No. 15 Washington’s Pac-12 clash with fifth-ranked Stanford on Saturday night will hold extra significance for the grandfather of Huskies star RB Bishop Sankey. For it is the first time Albert Sankey will watch his grandson play since regaining his eyesight on September 20th.

The elder Sankey, 68, has been blind in his left eye for more than 30 years. Then, about five years ago, he lost sight in his right eye as well after a long battle with glaucoma.

Two weeks ago, Albert Sankey received a cornea transplant in his right eye at UCLA’s Laser Refractive Center. He watched his grandson on TV rush for 161 yards on a school-record 40 carries in last week’s 31-13 win over Arizona, and he can’t wait to watch from the stands of Stanford Stadium on Saturday.

“I’m pretty excited,” Bishop told the Seattle Times.. “He’ll be there, and it’ll be his first game seeing me in college. I know he’s excited. ... I can’t wait to hug him and see his face.”

[Seattle Times]

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