Whenever the Costa Mesa High football team takes the field in 2010, it will remember the player who would give anything to be there.
Carlos Vazquez was set up for a big senior year at linebacker until he was diagnosed with leukemia in June. The player who Coach Jeremy Osso said was easily the toughest player on the team still is, but now the tenacious hitter has to be on the sideline.
Vazquez will also be on the Mustangs' helmets, as the team will wear decals with his No. 28.
It's been an emotional off-season for the team, which opens its regular-season Thursday against Buena Park at Jim Scott Stadium.
"It's just made the year more intense," said senior running back/safety Julian Marquez. "We have to win. He just said he would die to play with us, and we're going to show him that we'll die to play for him."