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March 14, 2008

Pat Tillman, an ASU Hero, on College Hall of Fame Ballot

Filed under: Football,History — Matt Sawyer @ 9:09 am
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The Associated Press reported, “The late Pat Tillman, a former Arizona State linebacker who gave up a professional football career to join the military, is among 19 players up for election to the College Football Hall of Fame for the first time this year.”

This is quite an honor for the local hero.  Tillman’s Sun Devils career was one of heart.  The undersized linebacker was a beast on defense and lead the Devils to the Rose Bowl in 1997.     

I’m sure we have all heard the story by now about Pat turning down NFL money to enlist in the Army.  From all the stories I’ve heard about this man, there is no one more fitting to be a Hall of Famer.  Watching him play was a treat for all Sun Devil Fans.  He is one former Sun Devil athlete that will never be forgotten.



February 19, 2008

Best Devils Memory

If you had to pick out your greatest Sun Devil athletics memory, what would it be?

For me, I wasn’t around for the Frank Kush or Ned Wulk eras, so I can’t go back as far as some might. 

I grew up watching the likes of Mario Bennett, Steven Smith, Ron Riley, and Jeremy Veal, but nothing will top watching Eddie House go off for 61 against Cal.  I don’t think he could miss that game.  That was the best single performance I have seen.

My close, second best, memory would have to be Mario Bennett against U of A getting a steal and going in for the reverse dunk.  I think it was Dick Vitale that yelled out, “What did he have in his breakfast cereal?” 

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