4,163 miles… 15 states… 100 days…
… and lots of determination!
Some of you may not know who Jeremy Staat is… but you may have heard or read that he is coming to ASU, as a stop on his Wall-to-Wall Cross Country Bicycle Ride.
Staat played professional football for the Pittsburg Steelers, St. Louis Rams and arena football for the Los Angeles Avengers. But before all of that, he began his football career at ASU and was friends with our local hero, Pat Tillman. After the tragic loss of Tillman, Staat lost interest and decided to leave his career in football. He chose to join the United States Marine Corps, and is now an Iraqi War veteran.
Staat formed the Jeremy Staat Foundation to raise awareness and support for the nation’s veterans and veterans organizations. By stopping at ASU, Staat hopes to promote veterans centers on college campuses.
Staat and fellow Iraqi War veteran, Wesley Barrientos, are riding more than 4,163 miles starting at the Wall of Valor in Bakersfield, Calif., to the Vietnam Memorial Wall in Washington, D.C. Barrientos is a three-time Iraq War veteran, three-time Purple Heart recipient and a double amputee who rides a hand-crank bicycle. Both Staat and Barrientos are both from Bakersfield.
The Wall-to-Wall Bicycle Tour will arrive outside of Sun Devil Stadium around 2 p.m. on March 8. The ride will conclude in D.C. on Memorial Day.
Keep up with Jeremy and Wesley:
- Click here to follow the ride schedule.
- You can also keep track of where the riders are right now on the website.
We can’t wait to see you at ASU on Thursday!
For related articles:
- Wall-to-Wall riders get an enthusiastic welcome in Tehachapi (The Bakersfield Californian)
- Cheer On Jeremy Staat As Wall to Wall Ride Arrives in Tempe (House of Sparky)
- Pedaling hope: War Veterans Plan 4,163 mile bike ride (MSNBC.com)
- Wall-to-Wall: The Journey of Jeremy Staat (NFLPlayers.com)