Every fan has a reason.
For teenage boys, it's the rush they get from seeing Will Sutton blast opposing quarterbacks. For men of a different generation, it's the sound North-South approach that Marion Grice brings to the backfield. For some female ASU students, it's the thought of running into Mike Bercovici without his helmet on.
Whether you like crushing hits, a fundamental style of play, or handsome football players, you're a Sun Devil fan for a reason.
As fans, our dedication to the team spans many seasons. While athletes come in and out of the program, our love for the maroon and gold never wavers, even upon the graduation of our favorite players.
But how do we come about choosing a favorite player? Wouldn't it make sense for us to love all of our Sun Devils equally? Logic says yes, but our hearts tell us no.
There's something about selecting a favorite player that becomes so rewarding for a fan. Maybe you're a kid who can't stop telling your parents about how you're the next D.J. Foster. Or maybe you're a parent who's out in the backyard molding the next Taylor Kelly. Either way, when you're favorite player succeeds, you get a feeling of satisfaction.
Much of our fandom revolves around the "I told you so," syndrome. If Marion Grice emerges as a Heisman candidate this year, plenty of Sun Devil faithful will be roaming the streets of Tempe looking for someone to tell that "they told you so." If Arizona State wins the Rose Bowl, even Todd Graham would be free to exercise the "I told you so" clause.
So with another exciting season of ASU football just 13 weeks away, we asked you, the fans, to help us out and tell us who are your favorite Sun Devils. Plenty of excellent reasoning is on display, but we're still looking for that bold tweet about Bercovici's good looks.
Why not start with the dynamic duo?
@houseofsparky Will Sutton and Carl Bradford aregame changers and arebeast on the defense.— Chris Mandell (@ChrisMandell72) May 24, 2013
And we're having fun watching him
@houseofsparky Carl Bradford is my favorite player right now because he seems to really enjoy playing defense. He looks like he's having fun— Sparkyontheseas (@sparkyontheseas) May 24, 2013
A wise decision
@houseofsparky Sutton, guy passed up a lot to give ASU another shot!!— Matt Krahn (@Historybuff19) May 24, 2013
Coming to a school record book near you
@houseofsparky Chris Coyle Beast mode at TE— ADDAM CIGARROA (@ROCKNROLLIFE) May 24, 2013
Couldn't have said it better ourselves
@houseofsparky Chris Coyle. Reminds me of Todd Heap: good heart, grounded and plays for the love of the game.— Steph Ellen (@WriteOnSteph) May 24, 2013
So you're onto this too?
@houseofsparky Grice. Because good things happen when he steps on the field.— Charlie Joslin (@wcjoslin) May 24, 2013
"I Told You So" just waiting to happen. And we can't wait.
@houseofsparky Grice should be a Heisman darkhorse.— Chris Worden (@ChrisLWorden) May 24, 2013
The maroon and gold version at least
@houseofsparky Junior Onyeali - he's like the Hulk.Wild, unpredictable and he smashes quarterbacks. He's going to have a huge year.— Tom Pitts (@thomaspitts) May 24, 2013
Is it because he plays like the Hulk?
@houseofsparky Have always loved Junior Onyeali.— Jedi ASU (@JediASU) May 24, 2013
A dedicated fan to a dedicated player
The love is mutual
The most vocal player on the field
@houseofsparky Hard not to love the way Darby plays the game of football— Brad Denny (@BDenny29) May 24, 2013
Yep, we love them too!
@houseofsparky Those Football players that lined the finish line at Pat's Run were cute, friendly and definitely motivating! Love em all!— S. Miller (@FauxPanther) May 24, 2013
Our favorite response
@houseofsparky the kicker who converts the highest % of field goals this year will be my favorite player. Your move boys.— Mack Huff ⚾ (@HackMuff) May 24, 2013
Nearly every fan has a favorite player. From Marion Grice to Chris Coyle, the Sun Devils have the full support and commitment of the Arizona State fan base. With football season fast approaching, it's almost time to get decked out in maroon and gold and come to Sun Devil Stadium to start shouting, "I told you so."
We'll see you there.