Combining a high-octane offense with a hybrid, attacking defense, the Sun Devil football program has reached new heights under 2013 Pac-12 Coach of the Year Todd Graham. With a staff of master teachers and a team full of world-class athletes and high-character young men, Graham has transformed the Valley of the Sun back into a perennial contender.
“Our goal as a program is to bring out the best in every single person's character that's involved in our program. I'm not only interested in winning on Saturday... I want to win every day in every way. We will compete in the classroom as we compete on the field and around the community: passionate, disciplined and with the understanding that the most important aspects of a team are family and character.” - Head Coach Todd Graham
Pat Tillman was an All-American linebacker for Arizona State who forfeited his multi-million dollar contract with the Arizona Cardinals to serve his country in Afghanistan. He was killed in action in April 2004, but his legacy is carried on through the hearts, minds and spirits of every member of the Sun Devil Football program.
“The way Pat lived – the Sun Devil Way – is something we teach our team about every day. Now the final thing they will see before taking the field is the embodiment of everything he stood for – and everything we hope to emulate and accomplish.” - Head Coach Todd Graham
For more than 100 seasons and nearly 1,000 games, behind NFL and NCAA Hall of Famers, and All-Americans on the field and in the classroom, Sun Devil Football has ruled the Southwest.
The Sun Devils went 10-4 in 2013 (their first 10-win season since 2007) and won the Pac-12 South title. Defensive tackle Will Sutton won the Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year for the second year in a row and the Sun Devils kept the Territorial Cup in Tempe by rolling over the Wildcats 58-21. Marion Grice scored 20 touchdowns over the course of 11 games in his record-setting season, and quarterback Taylor Kelly will return to lead the offense in his senior season in 2014.
We are the only community owned sports franchise in the Valley, home to more than four million people, and boast 200,000-plus alumni spread across the country, from San Francisco to Texas to New York City.
Sun Devils Serve: Student-athletes represent the pride of Maroon and Gold not only in athletics and academics, but also through positively impacting the community throughout the year. From volunteering at the annual Fantasy Flight around Christmas to helping serve food at homeless shelters, Sun Devils become more than just football players.
Scholar Baller Mentors: A number of football student-athletes participate in the Scholar Baller Leadership and Outreach Program, where they help develop curriculum and championship character, create a strong sense of self, and teach and mentor students at schools around the Phoenix Valley into becoming great leaders.
The football program has produced a National Football Foundation Scholar-Athlete every year since 2001, more than 20 Academic All-Americans, an average of seven Academic All-Conference selections each season dating back to the 1970s, and a number of Tom Hansen Conference Medal recipients, given to those who achieve both academic and athletic excellence. Read More