He Peizhang, also known by his English name Jackson He, has become the first Chinese-born player to score a touchdown in Football Bowl Subdivision history during a Dec. 11 game.
The historic moment happened on Friday when Arizona State University’s Sun Devils won against rival Arizona Wildcats, according to Fox News. The 22-year-old athlete scored a 1-yard run that ultimately gave them the final 70-7 score.
Action Jackson 🇨🇳 pic.twitter.com/QoRVqWmfdl
— Sun Devil Football (@ASUFootball) December 12, 2020
“Jackson He was the sideline favorite and we put him in the game and lo and behold he was able to score a touchdown and that’s a lot for a kid that is a walk-on and has been here two years,” Sun Devils coach Herm Edwards said in the team’s website.
Friday night’s performance will go down in history for having a second 70-point game after their 79-point lead against Colorado State in 1969, the Sun Devils website reported.
“I’ve already received a lot of messages,” He said. “I strongly feel their love for this game and for me. I’m so grateful.”
The athlete made headlines last week after cameras spotted him wearing a jersey with his Chinese name written behind it. He is believed to be the only Chinese-born player in FBS.
the only Chinese-born player in the FBS is a Sun Devil 🔱🇨🇳
welcome to college football, Jackson He!
— Sun Devil Football (@ASUFootball) December 6, 2020
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