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The Grays Harbor College Chokers weren't named for acts of violence or for losing their nerve on the field, the GHC mascot represents the choker-setter, a very strong man with the toughest job among loggers in the woods of western washington. If you've ever seen the show Axe Men, these are the people who run all over the mountain wrapping chains around huge fallen trees, and then direct the person at the top to use the "yarder" machine to drag the log up the rugged forest slope.

The mascot, in use since the early 1950's, has in recent years become a common entry in "Top 10" lists for weirdest or most unusual mascots in the country. In 2009, Time magazine placed it at #8 in it's top 10 worst team names. In 2012, With clipboard, stopwatch and a bag of Cheetos snacks in hand, Chester Cheetah, the iconic spokescat for Frito-Lay, announced that Charlie Choker was at #9 in his official rankings of the Top 25 Cheesiest College Mascots. Drawing from an admittedly unscientific analysis of college mascots nationwide, rankings are based on "cheese factor" and all-around silliness.

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Charlie Choker

Choker Trivia:

The GHC statue, which welcomes students and guests to the campus, was carved by Louis Benanto, Jr. in 1975.
He began with a 15-foot by 8-foot cedar log and used a chain saw to create Charlie.

The choker is actually the hook affixed to the heavy steel cable that the choker setter loops around the log and attaches back onto the cable.

John Madden played football at Grays Harbor College in 1956.

Jack Elway was Head Football Coach of the Grays Harbor Chokers from 1961 - 1966.

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