The Matchup: This showdown pits a couple of first-round picks in their respective sports. Terrell Suggs and Bob Horner were both high school stars in the Phoenix area prior to strong careers at Arizona State. “Mr. Ho Mah” and “T-Sizzle” both left campus early to start strong pro career and have made a lasting impact on the school.
No. 2 Terrell Suggs
Basic info: Born October 11, 1982 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. High School: Hamilton (Arizona). Height/weight: 6-foot-3, 235-pounds. ASU career: 2000-2001. NFL career: 2003-present (Ravens).
Notables: One of the most feared linebackers in the NFL, Suggs has carved out a Hall of Fame worthy career in the vaunted Baltimore Ravens defense. The seven-time Pro Bowler and Super Bowl XLVII champion has shown his strong persona on and off the field, including a recurring guest star role on HBO”s show “Ballers”. “Sizzle’s” best season in the NFL was in 2011, when he collected 14 sacks, 50 tackles and tied his career high with two interceptions.
What you don’t know: During Suggs’s final year in Tempe he won Pac-10 Defensive Player of the Year, and followed that up by winning the 2003 AP Defensive Rookie of the Year with Baltimore.
— 2002 Pac-10 Defensive Player of the Year
— 2002 All-Pac-10 Selection
— Broke NCAA single season sack record (24) in 2002
— Super Bowl XLVII Champion
— 7-time Pro-Bowler
— 2003 AP Defensive Rookie of the Year
— 2011 AP NFL Defensive Player of the Year
— 2003 AP NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year
— 125.5 Career Sacks (and counting)
No. 7 Bob Horner
Basic info: Born: August 6, 1957 in Junction City, Kansas. High School: Apollo (Arizona). Height/weight: 6-foot-1, 195 pounds. ASU career: 1977-78. MLB Career: 1978-86 (Braves), 1986 (Cardinals).
Notables: Horner was ASU’s first ever winner of the Golden Spikes Award. Immediately after signing with the Braves he went onto win the 1978 NL Rookie of the Year Award, slugging 23 home runs and setting the tone as one of the best power hitters in the game. Horner’s best season came in 1982, when he made his only All-Star game while hitting 32 home runs and driving in 97 runs.
What don’t you know: Horner spent the 1985 season in Japan before signing with the Cardinals for his last Major League season. Horner played for the Yakult Swallows of the Japan Central League, where he hit .327 with 31 home runs.
— 1978 Golden Spikes Award winner
— .400 career average
— 47 career home runs
— 1978 National League Rookie of the Year
— 1982 National League All-Star
— 218 career home runs