On Tuesday, Arizona State unveiled a practice jersey that would honor former Sun Devil and American hero Pat Tillman for the sacrifices he made both on and off the field. The Devils have worn a patch on their game uniforms in recent years to commemorate Tillman, but coach Todd Graham feels his impact should be even greater on the program.
Junior safety Alden Darby was the player to wear the No. 42 jersey at practice on Tuesday. Here is what Graham had to say to Vince Marotta of ArizonaSports.com:
"We call it PT42, it's a person who embodies all the things that he did," Graham said. "To earn that jersey is really hard to do, and Alden Darby earned it, because every single day, he's brought it in the classroom, the community, on the field, off the field. I think he's having an All-Pac-12 season. He's just been phenomenal."
Darby said after practice that he was proud of himself for earning the jersey. He has been one of the Sun Devils' better players this season, recording 41 tackles and intercepting two passes on a defense that ranks among the nation's best.
Given how much of an honor it is to wear the same number Tillman wore 15 years ago, one would think other current players will do everything they can to wear the special jersey at practice in the coming weeks.