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Sun Devil Legends Tournament Final Four: Derek Hagan Vs. Pat Tillman

The Sun Devil Legends Tournament recently completed the second round, which comprised the regional finals, and now we head to the Final Four.

Surprisingly, three of the four match-ups were relative routs, and perhaps even more intriguing, only a single No. 1 seed has made it to the Final Four.


Out first match up comes from the left side of the bracket.

In a battle between two of Arizona State's most prolific pass catchers, John Jefferson and Derek Hagan engaged in a close battle. Much like his shocking first round win over the Sparky Region's top seed Danny White, Hagan fell behind big early, and rallied to post an amazing win. He must have a large family out there.

In the Kush Region, ASU's all-time leading rusher Woody Green fell behind the legendary Pat Tillman early and couldn't mount a rally, as Tillman knocked off the top seed by collecting 67% of the votes.

Now we have a showdown between the Cinderella run of Hagan and the dominating presence of Tillman. Can Hagan pull off another miracle, or will Tillman advance to the championship? You decide, so vote now.

The Case for Derek Hagan

After a productive freshman season in 2002, he exploded to top 1,000 yards in 2003. He had his best statistical season as a junior, hauling in 83 passes for 1,248 yards and 10 touchdowns. He completed the hat trick of 1,000 seasons as a senior, posting a 77-1,210-9 line.

He earned All-Pac-10 honors twice and was a two-time Biletnikoff Award semi-finalist. His 258 career receptions were the most in Pac-10 conference history when he graduated, and his 3,939 receiving yards were second-most all-time.

The Case for Pat Tillman

Clearly, Tillman is a true American hero for his service and sacrifice for America. However, for this vote, we will only (or at least try to) consider his career at ASU.

Tillman was an undersized linebacker with an oversized heart. He steadily improved over his first two seasons before breaking out as a key force in ASU's magical 1996 Rose Bowl team. With his long blonde hair flowing behind him, he registered 91 tackles and made four interceptions while earning second team All Pac-10 honors.

As a senior in 1997, he was simply magnificent. With 97 tackles, 15 tackles for loss, four sacks and three interceptions, he easily took home the Pac-10 Defensive Player of the Year award.

Vote now for your favorite. Polls close Tuesday at 11:59pm PST.