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Sun Devil Legends Series: Countdown to Kickoff

This summer, we'll be going from jersey 99 to jersey 1 and count down the greatest Sun Devils to ever wear a particular number. The countdown to Week 1 starts right now!

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'Summer of Legends' No. 1 Phillippi Sparks

The final installment of our 'Summer of Legends' series honors a local prospect who locked down opposing receivers in the Sun Devil secondary.

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'Summer of Legends' No. 2 Brett Hudson

An Arizona State cornerback from the early 2000s is the best Sun Devil to ever wear No. 2.

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'Summer of Legends' No. 4 Darren Willis

Another member of Arizona State's first Rose Bowl team shows up in our legends series.

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'Summer of Legends' No. 5 Zach Catanese

After transferring in from Junior College, Zach Catanese produced two productive seasons in the Arizona State secondary.

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'Summer of Legends' No. 6 Darren Woodson

One of the Sun Devils' most famous alumni enjoyed quite a career in Tempe.

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'Summer of Legends' No. 7 David Fulcher

When you talk about the best players in ASU history, David Fulcher is definitely in the conversation.

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'Summer of Legends' No. 8 Luis Zendejas

During his career at Arizona State, Luis Zendejas became Mr. Automatic.

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'Summer of Legends' No. 9 Israel Stanley

Stanley wasn't the greatest defensive tackle to come through the program, but he didn't have to be to earn our honors at No. 9.

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'Summer of Legends' A Four-Way Tie at No. 10

A number loaded with history was tough to decide on, so we decided to choose a few different players.

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'Summer of Legends' No. 11 Danny White

The latter half of the greatest father-son duo in Arizona State history will forever own No. 11.

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'Summer of Legends" No. 12 Darryl Harris

Harris takes us deep in to the backfield in the latest installment of our legends countdown.

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'Summer of Legends' No. 13 Chris McGaha

One of the most productive receivers of the Dennis Erickson era claims his spot at No. 13.

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'Summer of Legends' No. 14 Troy Nolan

One of Arizona State's best defensive backs in the 21st century takes home honors with No. 14.

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'Summer of Legends' No. 15 Dave Graybill

The Graybill family is the gift that keeps on giving to Arizona State, and we take a look at the man who started it all.

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'Summer of Legends' No. 16 Jake Plummer

One of the most beloved players in ASU football history was also one of the most productive quarterbacks during his tenure in Tempe.

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'Summer of Legends' No. 17 Brock Osweiler

He may be just your average NFL backup, but during his time in Tempe, Brock Osweiler was the real deal.

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'Summer of Legends' No. 18 Ben Hawkins

Ben Haber (in third person) gives props to Ben Hawkins.

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'Summer of Legends' No. 19 Josh Barrett

No. 19 hasn't exactly had a storied history, but Josh Barrett wore the number with pride.

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'Summer of Legends' No. 20 J.D. Hill

Wide receivers rarely wear No. 20, but J.D. Hill boasted rare talents.

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"Summer of Legends" No. 21 J.R. Redmond

Come on! How can we not pay some respect to a deserving preseason Heisman candidate?

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'Summer of Legends' No. 22 Woody Green

No Sun Devil player has ever been able to match the statistics that Woody Green put up during his career at Arizona State.

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'Summer of Legends' No. 25 Mike Richardson

Mike Richardson was one of the best safeties in school history.

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'Summer of Legends' No. 26 Tony Lorick

A 1960s all-purpose athlete beats out a fan favorite from the 21st century at No. 26.

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'Summer of Legends' No. 29 Nathan LaDuke

Crossing the middle against LaDuke was a receiver's nightmare, but throwing across the middle was even worse for opposing quarterbacks.

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'Summer of Legends' No. 30 Jason Shivers

One of the Sun Devils best defenders since the turn of the century turns up in our "Summer of Legends" series.

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'Summer of Legends' No. 31 Windlan Hall

Getting to the other side of the hall would be tough with Windlan Hall guarding you.

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'Summer of Legends' No. 32 Ben Malone

Another Kush era running back assumes a spot in our "Summer of Legends" series.

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'Summer of Legends' No. 35 Clay Freney

An unsung hero from a productive backfield takes home our honors at No. 35.

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'Summer of Legends' No. 38 Trevor Hankins

Though few position players have found success in No. 38, one specialist did earn some prestigious honors while donning the jersey.

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'Summer of Legends' No. 40 Mike Haynes

Number 40 might be the best number ASU ever had, so enjoy!

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'Summer of Legends' No. 42 Pat Tillman

When you think of the ideal Sun Devil, you think of No. 42.

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'Summer of Legends' No. 43 Brent McClanahan

Number 43 on our list is a former Sun Devil fullback who rushed for over 170 yards in the 1972 Fiesta Bowl.

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'Summer of Legends' No. 44 Brett Wallerstedt

It was a tough choice, but tackling machine Brett Wallerstedt takes home our honors at No. 44.

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'Summer of Legends' No. 47 Drew Metcalf

While No. 47 had an interesting history, Drew Metcalf helped create a strong tradition for the jersey in the late 1980s.

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'Summer of Legends' No. 48 Terrell Suggs

Terrell Suggs broke the NCAA record for sacks in a season in 2002 and remains Arizona State's career leader in sacks and tackles for loss.

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'Summer of Legends' No. 49 Sam Duca

We reach back 63 years to honor today's "Sun Devil Legend".

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'Summer of Legends' No. 50 Bob Breunig

We're halfway through the Summer of Legends series, and we continue to talk about the middle of the defense featuring linebackers.

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'Summer of Legends' No. 51 Grey Ruegamer

Running backs garner the fame, while blockers like No. 51 do the dirty work.

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'Summer of Legends' No. 52 Ron Pritchard

Before Carl Bradford took over No. 52, one of the greatest Sun Devils ever donned the jersey.

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'Summer of Legends' No. 53 Larry Gordon

Current Sun Devil linebackers are held to lofty expectations, thanks to the foot prints left by number 53 and more.

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'Summer Legends Series' No. 54 Vernon Maxwell

Up next in our 'Summer Legends Series' is one of the best linebackers in school history. He was a three-time All-American during the early 80's and went on to win Rookie of the Year in the NFL.

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'Summer of Legends' No. 55 Joey Lumpkin

The next legend was the cornerstone of ASU's linebacking core in the early 1980's.

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'Summer of Legends' No. 59 Mark Tingstad

An ASU record holder pops up in our "Sun Devil Legends Series" at No. 59

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'Summer of Legends' No. 63 Mike Tomco

Between 1969 and 1974, the two players who wore No. 63 were among the most successful linemen in the Frank Kush era.

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'Summer of Legends' No. 66 Shawn Lauvao

We look to back to 2005-2009 to appreciate a powerful Sun Devil offensive lineman.

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'Summer of Legends' No. 68 Marvel Smith

Our next Sun Devil legend was an All-American lineman who went on to win two Super Bowls with the Pittsburgh Steelers.

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'Summer Of Legends' No. 70 John Meyer

John Meyer might not be a big name like Juan Roque but he was arguably just as solid.

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"Summer Of Legends" No. 72 Larry Shorty

We check in at No. 72 with a three-year starter during one of the most productive eras of Arizona State football.

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"Summer of Legends" No. 73 Danny Villa

While we're anything but proud of Villa's post-football decisions, the behemoth of a man still deserves to be recognized as one of Arizona State's finest offensive lineman ever.

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Sun Devil Legend Series No. 80: Derek Hagan

Derek Hagan holds Arizona State career records in receptions, receiving yards and receiving touchdowns.

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"Summer of Legends" No. 84 John Jefferson

Our Sun Devil legend series continues with number 84, the man responsible for the most famous catch in Sun Devil history.

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"Summer of Legends" No. 87

Though Chris Coyle is climbing the ladder at No. 87, Roger Locke is still holding down the fort in our book.

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"Summer of Legends" No. 89 Ron Fair

Fair needed just one breakout season to take home the distinction of being the greatest Sun Devil to wear No. 89.

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"Summer of Legends" No. 90 Will Sutton

Will Sutton is that guy you'll tell your grandchildren about someday, ASU fans.

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"Summer of Legends" No. 91 Jimmy Verdon

The trend of great defensive lineman and team captains continues as our countdown moves along.

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"Summer of Legends" No. 93 Jim Jeffcoat

When it comes to Sun Devil defensive ends, Jim Jeffcoat is among the best to play the position.

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"Summer of Legends" No. 94 Brent Burnstein

The legend who wore No. 94 best for the Sun Devils had the game-changing play that nearly earned them a national championship in 1997. True story.

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"Summer of Legends" No. 96 Taleni Wright

No. 96 isn't exactly the most exciting number in Arizona State history, yet it still was worn by a fair number of defensive lineman who made an impact.

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"Summer of Legends" No.97 Albrey Battle

This one was not an easy selection, but the man who made the biggest statement on the Tempe gridiron took home the honors in the our legends series.

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"Summer of Legends" No. 99 Shawn Swayda

While there were many deserving candidates, an anchor on the stout 1996 defense gets our nod as the greatest Sun Devil to wear No. 99.

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