Not only was he great in high school and college, but also the NFL and may be the best running back Tucson has ever seen. The Parade All-American rushed for 4,863 yards with the Panthers, including a 5A state record 2,740 yards as a senior in 1990 when he led the team to the state finals. Bates rushed for 2,025 yards with ASU and then ran for another 3,048 yards over seven NFL seasons. Mario Bates of Amphi High School stiff-arms an a Mesa High School during the state championship game on Dec. 7, 1990 at Sun Devil Stadium in Tempe. Photo by Rick Wiley, Tucson Citizen