Los Angeles (AFP)
Peizhang “Jackson” He, the only Chinese-born player in college American football, ended an incredible sporting trip by scoring a touchdown for Arizona State in a victory over rival Arizona.
He was mobbed in happy celebration by his Sun Devils teammates after scoring their last touchdown on Friday night in a 70-7 road run on an impressive individual effort, forcing his way into the end zone as he was under the influence of a defender.
The reserve running back from Shaoguan, China, ran four times for seven yards and made history with his scoring effort, though he praised his “Great Wall” blockers. “.
“I don’t know what to say,” he told ESPN. “It is not me. These are all the linemen in front of me. I call them ‘The Great Wall’ because they protect me and I just entered.
He, whose name on the back of his jersey is written in Mandarin rather than English, ran around the left end and into a defender at the yard line, then mastered his way across the line of goal for touchdown.
Recalling his trip from China to the United States, he noted how he loved the sport from the start and it helped him overcome language, cultural and knowledge barriers in American football.
“I was like, ‘Oh man, I love this sport,’” he said in a video on the college’s website.
“When you have a passion for something, it overcomes your fears, because it’s something you love. I had the mentality to break down all the barriers in my life. ”
His parents sent him to San Diego to attend high school, where he started playing American football five years ago.
He chose a new name for his American adventure and ever since he loved the music of Michael Jackson, Jackson He was born.
After the parent of a future teammate suggested he play, he became an offensive lineman at Lutheran High, slowly resolved the language barrier and after a stint at a small college in cold North Dakota, decided to attend Arizona State.
He asked if it was possible to join the Sun Devils as a walk-on, making the Sun Devils squad a try rather than being a prized rookie.
The team needed players on their Boy Scout squad, a unit that is trying to play as next week’s opponent would play, so He found his place in the program.
The reward for his efforts was his starring role at the end of the Sun Devils’ last triumph.
“You really have to be open to anything,” he said of his career in American football. “When you are open to something, you get something in return. ”
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