Once-Blind Grandfather of Washington RB Will See Grandson Play for First Time

By Connor Muldowney
Bishop Sankey
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It has to be cool to play the game you love from the time you were a little kid until the time you enter college — and beyond. Washington Huskies‘ running back Bishop Sankey has had the pleasure of playing the game he loves, but he wishes one thing was different. He wishes his grandfather could see him play college football for the first time.

Sankey’s grandfather Albert Sankey, or “Grandpa Sankey” as he is known as by Bishop, has been blind for the past five years, missing some high school games and Bishop’s entire college career thus far. The junior running back has to be elated to play college football in front of his grandpa’s eyesight for the first time ever.

Grandpa Sankey has been blind in his left eye for over 30 years and, five years ago, he lost the sight in his right eye due to glaucoma. The 68-year-old had cornea transplant surgery on that right eye to repair the sight that had otherwise been lost.

Sankey is one of the nation’s best running backs, rushing for 607 yards and five touchdowns on 104 carries for the undefeated and 18th-ranked Huskies. Traveling to take on the Stanford Cardinal with a special fan in the stands might give Bishop the motivation he needs to run past the Stanford defense and pull off an upset.

You have to be rooting for this kid after finding out about his grandpa — this is something that you never hear about.

It’s not often someone regains eyesight after going blind and gets to see their grandchild play a college sport that he or she is excelling at — enough to make it to the next level.

How about that for a feel-good story?

Connor Muldowney is a columnist for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @Connormuldowney, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google. You can also reach him at muldown5@gmail.com.

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