Arizona State's Jackson He makes history during blowout win over Arizona

Arizona State's Jackson He makes history during blowout win over Arizona

December 12, 2020

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Arizona State running back Jackson He made history Friday night in the Sun Devils’ big win over rival Arizona.

He scored on a 1-yard run to make the 69-7. While the score at that point didn’t matter, the school said He became the first Chinese-born player to score a touchdown in Football Bowl Subdivision history.

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“Jackson He was the sideline favorite and we put him in the game and lo and behold he was able to score a touchdown and that's a lot for a kid that is a walk-on and has been here two years,” Sun Devils coach Herm Edwards said after the game, via the school’s website.

He is believed to be the only Chinese-born player in the Football Bowl Subdivision. The school has celebrated his heritage by putting his name in Chinese on the back of his uniform.

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According to his bio on the school’s website, He is in his second season with the Sun Devils and only started playing football five years ago. According to ESPN, he picked Jackson as his American name because he was a fan of the late singer Michael Jackson.

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“I've already received a lot of messages,” He said. “I strongly feel their love for this game and for me. I'm so grateful.”

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