Phoenix Suns guard Josh Childress played for the Stanford Cardinal for three years before being drafted into the NBA in 2004. With the Stanford Cardinal football team in Tempe on Saturday to face the Arizona Sun Devils, Childress will get the opportunity to give a little back to his old school. He's been named an Honorary Captain for the game and will be giving the team a pep talk.â†µ
"I'm looking forward to it. It's a great honor for me to be Honorary Captain. I'm going to go in there and try and rile the guys up and get the W. They've been playing well all season so they don't really need my help. It's an exciting time," Childress said in the locker room after the Suns win over the Sacramento Kings on Friday night.â†µ
Standford (8-1), ranked seventh in the AP College Football Poll, is a 5 1/2 point favorite over the ASU Sun Devils (4-5) who are one loss away from bowl elimination.â†µ
Childress said he's a bit nervous about giving a pep talk to the team, claiming that he's not a "pep talk kind of guy." Josh said this is part of Stanford's attempt to instill more of a family atmosphere in it's athletic program.â†µ
"Stanford doesn't have that feel that a lot of schools have, having guys always back in the summer. So this is kind of part of that, just being more part of the Stanford family. It's something they're trying to build and it's something I love."â†µ
The Suns are flying to Los Angeles on Saturday around noon but Josh will stay for the game and meet the team on Sunday for their game against the Los Angeles Lakers.