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ASU Football: 'Sun Devil Legends Series' No. 57 Stacy Harvey

Today's legend was one of the best playmakers on one of the best defenses in program history.

Stacy Harvey led the Sun Devils in tackles when they won the Rose Bowl in 1987.
Stacy Harvey led the Sun Devils in tackles when they won the Rose Bowl in 1987.

The Backstory: No. 57 is unusual. There's no other word to describe a number that few Sun Devils have worn and even fewer have achieved great success in. While many numbers throughout our series have had multiple all-conference players and countless starters, that's not the story for No. 57.

After conducting extensive research, the team at House of Sparky could not find a single player who wore 57 mentioned on an all-conference list. Fortunately, current Sun Devil offensive lineman Evan Goodman has set out to break that trend, as the sophomore from Florida hopes to turn around the tradition by wearing No. 57 this season.

As Goodman prepares to flip the fortune of No. 57, we take a look at one Sun Devil who did make the most of his time wearing the number.

The Player: Stacy Harvey (1984-1987)

Though he only started for one season, Stacy Harvey is far and away the most successful Sun Devil to ever don the No. 57. Harvey was a four-year letterman for Arizona State in the mid 1980s and he helped the program to its first and only Rose Bowl victory.

Harvey didn't play a minor role on the team, either. The inside linebacker led the Sun Devils with an impressive total of 121 tackles and he also led the team with 11 tackles in the Rose Bowl against Michigan.

To put Harvey's tackles total in perspective, before Brandon Magee hit the 100-tackle plateau last season, no Sun Devil had accomplished the feat in five seasons. Harvey's dynamic defensive presence proved to be a valuable asset to coach John Cooper's squad.

Aside from being a part of one of Arizona State's greatest teams, Harvey was a critical component to one of the grittiest defenses in school history. For his efforts, Harvey earns today's honors as the "Sun Devil Legend" at No. 57.