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Arizona State's Jackson He, the only Chinese-born player in the FBS, becomes instant legend with first TD

December 12, 2020

On Friday night, Arizona State thumped its supposed rival Arizona 70-7. The game was never close, with the Sun Devils returning the opening kick off and never looking back. 

Even after taking a 42-0 lead, and eventually a 42-7 lead into halftime, Arizona State head coach Herm Edwards didn't let up. With a 63-7 lead and eight minutes to go, the Sun Devils kept marching, and took the blowout opportunity to insert redshirt junior Jackson He, who is believed to be the only Chinese-born player in the FBS. 

He, who is not even listed on the team's depth chart, got four carries, the last of which he treated like his life depened on it. On first and goal at the Arizona one-yard line, he got the handoff, was met at the line of scrimmage and simply willed his way in. He and his teammates proceeded to celebrate like they had won the Super Bowl, as they should have: 

As you can seen, Arizona State has allowed He to put his name in Chinese on the back of his jersey, making this moment that much cooler. The moment was so big that ESPN pulled He aside for a postgame interview, and He delivered the electricity: 

Instant legend. As Arizona State claimed, He is believed to be the first Chinese-born player to score a touchdown in the FBS. He seems like a one-of-a-kind dude, so that's quite fitting. His story gets better - apparently, He chose the name Jackson as his American name because he is a huge Michael Jackson fan. If this isn't your new favorite player, what are you even doing?