Arizona State offensive analyst Kevin Mawae isn’t used to being the center of attention, but as the Sun Devils’ spring practice got underway Tuesday, that was indeed the case.
Mawae, 48, is entering his second year on ASU’s staff and was on hand for the start of spring drills a day after returning from Atlanta, where he took in Super Bowl festivities and received word he will be included in the next Pro Football Hall of Fame Class.
He returned to his desk to find balloons, a poster with his picture on it and a celebratory cake. There was also a long-sleeved gold shirt with large letters H-O-F running down the back — the Sun Devils’ version of the gold jacket honorees wear for the induction festivities in Canton.
Mawae spent 16 seasons as a center in the NFL after a decorated college career at LSU. He was drafted by the Seattle Seahawks in 1994 and later played for the New York Jets and Tennessee Titans.
As an offensive analyst, Mawae’s contribution has been in a behind-the-scenes capacity and he has shied away from past interview requests, deferring to coach Herm Edwards and his assistant coaches. So Mawae almost seemed uncomfortable when he took the interview podium.