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ASU will retire Tillman’s No. 42 jersey at halftime

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Posted: Saturday, November 13, 2004 6:30 am | Updated: 4:59 pm, Thu Oct 6, 2011.

There will be a 10-minute ceremony at halftime of the Arizona State-Washington State football game to officially retire the jersey No. 42 worn by the late Pat Tillman. ASU president Michael Crow, athletic director Gene Smith, the Tillman family, former teammates are to participate.

The ceremony will be conducted at the 42-yard line. The ASU band will end a medley of songs in a USA formation to begin the festivities. The Pat Tillman Patriot Award will be presented to Tillman’s widow, Marie, and Smith.

After the band plays God Bless America, the number will be retired and there will be the unveiling of the number and Tillman’s team on facade of the south end of the press box.

Tillman’s name and number will join Bobby Mulgado (No. 27), Wilford "Whizzer" White (33), Danny White (11), Mike Haynes (40) and Ron Pritchard (52). Tillman’s number joins Mulgado and Whizzer White’s as the third to be permanently retired.

"He wore this uniform. He played on that field. He practiced on this field," senior safety Riccardo Stewart said. "He’s part of our family. I’m part of his family."

Senior center Drew Hodgdon added, "I was one of the few players on the team who was fortunate enough to meet Pat. He came out and spoke to us as a team my freshman year. His impact with this program is pretty obvious.

"I think it’s really special that we’re able to say he’s a Sun Devil."

Tillman, a four-year letterman and two-year starter, was the 1997 Pac-10 defensive player of the year.

Tillman, a former Arizona Cardinals player, was killed in Afghanistan in April while serving in the U.S. Army.

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