Arizona Cardinals running back Mario Bates dives over from the 2-yard line for a touchdown against the Chicago Bears in the second quarter Sunday, Oct. 11, 1998, in Tempe, Ariz. Bears' Ray Austin (36) and Mike Wells (97) look on. The touchdown put the Cardinals ahead 17-0. (AP Photo/Ken Levine)  

Ken Levine

Mario Bates of Amphi and ASU rushed for 3,048 yards mostly for the New Orleans Saints from 1994-2000. Arizona’s Desert Swarm linebacker, Sean Harris, from Tucson High, played in 83 games, starting 38 for the Chicago Bears from 1995-01.

Sports columnist for the Arizona Daily Star.