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SnapShot: Dantonio Burnette

SnapShot: Dantonio Burnette

Long before he'd ever heard of Bill Cowher, let alone break his tackles records at North Carolina State, Dantonio Burnette was known as Thunder Dan. <br><br> Long before he punctuated his legacy of goal-line tackles with the play that turned around the last Gator Bowl, he was known as Thunder Dan.

And, yes, long before he came to be regarded by some as the best defensive player in the ACC in 2002, he was known as Thunder Dan. "So, you've heard of Thunder Dan," Burnette said with a satisfied smile. "They started that way back in high school, my sophomore year. I made a big hit at practice and everybody started calling me that name. My friend said, ‘Man you bring the thunder.' And so they... Recommended Stories

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