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State Press Play: The creation of ASU's monument to Pat Tillman

Sculptor Jeff Carol Davenport discusses the work which serves as both a memorial and the source of a new tradition for ASU football

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Graphic published on Tuesday, Feb. 6, 2018.

Nearly 14-years after his passing, Pat Tillman's legacy is still proudly honored, especially at ASU. A statue was added to the Sun Devil Stadium in August of 2017 to commemorate his life, and a new tradition was started in which players touch the sculpture whilst exiting the tunnel. 

The sculptor, Jeff Carol Davenport, recounts her involvement with the project, her experience creating it and the meticulous design choices she included. Davenport further explains that ultimately, in the case of any art piece, observers will all derive their own interpretations. She wholeheartedly believes the statue represents an element of Pat Tillman's character that everyone can and should try to emulate. 

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