ASU Mourns the Loss of Former Football Player John Torok

May 18, 2007

John Torok, former starting quarterback at ArizonaStateUniversity from 1963-64, passed away on Monday, May 14, 2007 at the age of 63.


Torok lettered at ASU during from 1963-64, serving as the Sun Devils' starting quarterback both seasons, with ASU compiling a 16-3 record during that span. One of the finest passing quarterbacks to play under legendary head coach Frank Kush, Torok set ASU records of 251 completions for 2,356 yards and 20 touchdowns in 1964, all of which would stand until Danny White began his career at ASU nearly a decade later. 


Playing as a 6-2, 195-pounder, Torok set a Sun Devil record with 219 passing yards against ColoradoState in 1963 and his mark of 20 touchdown passes in 1964 stands as the ninth-most in ASU history, while his passing yardage total that season remains the 11th-best single-season effort in Sun Devil history.  Also, the Gardena, Calif., native was one of only seven Sun Devil passers to have thrown for over 2,000 yards and 20 touchdowns in the same season.


Funeral services will be held Saturday, May 19 from 1-7 p.m. at

4246 E. Winnetka Dr
, Phoenix, AZ, 85044


In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be made in John's memory to the American Heart Assn. ( or the Sun Angel Foundation (



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