The Backstory: We've seen old legends, we've seen new legends, we've seen wide legends and we've seen short legends, but today, we honor a new type of legend. At No. 17, Brock Osweiler becomes the tallest Arizona State football legend.
Standing 6-foot-8 and weighing in at 240 pounds, Osweiler looked every bit a dominant power forward disguised in a helmet and shoulder pads. On campus, Osweiler was an obvious attention magnet, and that trend started before he ever played a down on the field. Sun Devil students were in awe of his height, athletic build, and maybe even his luscious hair. But regardless of how a player looks, it's all about how he performs, and Osweiler simply brought it.
The Player: Brock Osweiler (2009-2011)
Few Sun Devils who have appeared in our "Summer of Legends" series earned their spot on the strength of one spectacular season. But then again, Brock Osweiler isn't like most Sun Devils.
After arriving on campus in 2009, Osweiler began to mix his way into the quarterback rotation. Though he was still quite green, the freshman did make one start during his first campaign and played in six games. Prior to Osweiler, the last Sun Devil freshman to start at quarterback was Jake Plummer, so fans knew they were in for a treat.
As a sophomore, Osweiler lost the starting job to Steven Threet, but he still appeared in six games and started the Territorial Cup against Arizona. Osweiler was exceptionally accurate for a backup, and his five touchdown passes and zero interceptions proved he was ready for to take center stage.
Osweiler finally assumed the starting job as a junior, and he quickly became one of the best passers in school history. The Sun Devils threw the ball plenty in Dennis Erickson's final season, and though the team didn't always enjoy success, Osweiler usually did.
The Montana native became the first and only Sun Devil quarterback to ever throw for 4,000 yards, as he racked up a grand total of 4,036 might take awhile to be touched. Everyone knew Osweiler had a gun, but his accuracy was an underrated aspect of his game. In 2011, Osweiler completed more than 61 percent of his passes, which meant that he completed a school record 326 passes.
Osweiler threw for 300 yards an incredible eight times, and managed to surpass the 200-yard mark in an additional three contests. His 26 touchdowns place him fifth on the all-time school list, and his 487 yards against Arizona in 2011 represent the fifth highest single game total ever for Arizona State.
Brock was the boss, but he knew that greater heights awaited him. So following his junior season, he decided to jump to the NFL and try his hand in the pros. Though he only gave Sun Devil fans one great season, it's a season that will live on in the Arizona State record books.
In the Pros: Osweiler was selected with the 57th overall pick in the 2012 NFL Draft by the Denver Broncos. As a rookie, Osweiler only threw four passes, but he did complete two of them. Right now, Osweiler appears content to wait behind Peyton Manning, and learn from one of the all-time greats.