ASU Football: 'Sun Devil Legend Series' No. 62 Randall McDaniel

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This Sun Devil legend may be the greatest offensive lineman to ever wear the maroon and gold.

The Backstory: There have been a lot of high caliber linemen highlighted in House of Sparky's "Summer of Legends" series. However, one stands out above the rest.

He came to Arizona State from Agua Fria High School in Avondale and he is the only player born in Arizona to be elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame. His name is Randall McDaniel.

The Player: Randall McDaniel (1984-1987)

The valley product started off his ASU career as a tight end and was converted to an offensive guard in his first collegiate season. He became a regular in the starting lineup in 1984, which was the last for head coach Darryl Rogers.

His breakout season came in 1986, when Arizona State went 10-1-1 and beat Michigan in the Rose Bowl. McDaniel was named an Honorable Mention All-American in that season and was a First Team All-Pac-10 selection.

In 1987, McDaniel became the 11th player in Arizona State history to be named a consensus All-American. That season, he won the Morris Trophy, as the best lineman in the Pac-10.

McDaniel left Arizona State in 1987 as a two-time All-American, two-time All-Pac-10 honoree, a Morris Trophy award winner, a Pac-10 champion and a Rose Bowl winner. He was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2008.

In the Pros

McDaniel was drafted with the 19th overall selection in the 1988 NFL Draft by the Minnesota Vikings. He made 12 consecutive Pro Bowls from 1989-2000 and was a nine-time All-Pro selection. He started 202 consecutive games in his pro career.

In 2009, he was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. McDaniel is recognized as one of the greatest offensive guards in pro football history.

Who Wears it Now

The number 62 is currently worn by redshirt senior Evan Finkenberg. He has started 34 career games in his three seasons as a starter. Last season, Finkenberg won the Randall McDaniel Outstanding Offensive Lineman Award at the team's postseason luncheon.

Honorable Mention

Dan Mackie (1979-1981)

Mackie was a three-year starter at center from 1979-1981 and earned Second Team All-American honors in 1981.

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