By now, the story of Jeremy Staat is a familiar and inspirational one to Arizona State faithful.
One of the best defensive players on the storied 1996 and 1997 ASU teams, Staat also developed a close friendship with Pat Tillman. After winning several awards as a senior, he embarked upon an NFL career that included stops with the Pittsburgh Steelers and St. Louis Rams.
After football, Staat found inspiration from Tillman and joined the United States Marine Corps in 2006, and later served a tour of duty in Iraq. Since his return, he has become very active in raising awareness for veteran's affairs and established a foundation--The Jeremy Staat Foundation--to help achieve those goals.
On February 19th, Staat and fellow Iraq veteran Wesley Barrientos began the Wall-to-Wall Bicycling Ride, a 4,163 mile bicycle trek across the country to "raise awareness of and support for our Nation's Veterans, Veteran organizations, Veteran suicide awareness, and to promote Veteran centers on all college campuses throughout our Nation."
On March 8th, the tour will make a stop in Tempe outside of Sun Devil Stadium around 2:00pm. All Sun Devil are encouraged to come out to cheer on Jeremy and Wesley as they ride into town.
The next day, the duo will speak about their experiences and take questions at the Pat Tillman's Veteran's Center. To attend, RSVP for this event by March 6 by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org to ensure a seat.
Make sure to come out and show your support for this amazing cause, and learn more about Jeremy's foundation and the Wall-to-Wall ride and how you can donate.
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