Parker, Elder still colored by ASU roots

July 31, 2012

Former Arizona State football players Eddie Elder and Colin Parker may be sporting new colors and jerseys these days at Cardinals training camp, but they’re still paying homage to the maroon and gold with familiar looks.

Parker is currently sporting a mini-James Harden beard (sorry, I don’t have a photo). Parker hasn’t decided if he’s ready to rock the full JH like the former ASU basketball star who now plays for the Oklahoma City Thunder.

“We’ll see at the end of the preseason,” Parker said. “I’m going to give it at least another three to four weeks, and we’ll see how I like it from there.”

Elder is wearing No. 42, a number that needs no further explanation to the ASU faithful.

“I didn’t pick this number. It was a coincidence,” Elder said. “But I’m honored to wear this number. Pat Tillman is a great person who did everything for Arizona State and the state.”

Both Parker and Elder are considered long shots to make the roster, and both understand that. Parker said the daily intensity has been his biggest adjustment. Elder said he’s just trying to get used to the thickness of NFL playbooks and absorb as much information and experience as he can from safeties Adrian Wilson, Kerry Rhodes and Rashad Johnson.

Parker might have a shot through special teams. He’s always been a quick study. It’s one of the things that made him successful at ASU.

“I’ve been running with the 3s and getting a little work on special teams,” he said. “If I’m going to earn my spot, it’s going to be during the preseason games. We’ve got the first one coming up this week, so it’s a big week for me.”

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