TEMPE, Ariz. -- On Saturday, Arizona State football coach Todd Graham will start roughly 28,000 runners on their way in the 4.2 miles of the ninth annual Pat's Run, which honors former ASU linebacker Pat Tillman. Though Graham never met Tillman and has been in Tempe just one season, it seems fitting that he'll lead thousands of people in celebrating the life of ASU's most revered alumnus.
Under Graham, Tillman's legacy has grown as the coach has put constant emphasis on the ideals and values Tillman stood for both on the field and off during his time at ASU and after it.
"He is the person here we look to that epitomizes what our program is all about," Graham said. "He made the ultimate sacrifice, and the passion with which he competed was unmatched. He's the only single player whose picture is in my office, and it tells his story. So when recruits come in, that's who we're (trying) to be like."
Tillman has been honored and celebrated at ASU since his death in 2004 while serving i...