Tuesday, Mawae was back again nearly throughout nation to get up at 5:30 a.m. and return to his occupation as offensive analyst beneath head mentor Herm Edwards at Arizona Condition. The speed failed to diminish, partly for the reason that “Coach Herm” and ASU are by now conducting their “spring” observe plan in the desert, and partly for the reason that his Solar Devils staffers had assembled their possess celebration for old No. 68.
“They decorated my locker, my desk, my computer, every thing,” he mentioned. “There ended up balloons, a massive framed photo of me and Herm, and a cake from him and his spouse, Lia. I understood Herm would be downstairs — he is always doing the job out — so I went down and we had a minute, we hugged, I thanked him. And then it was back again to do the job.”
But not prior to Edwards introduced Mawae with his particular gold ASU/HOF T-Shirt at that morning’s staff assembly. “He informed the gamers my Hall of Fame recognition was not just for what I did as a player but what I did for the sport of football,” he mentioned. “That intended a large amount to me.”