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Another Dorsett Will Play In Big Game

Each new Super Bowl sets records, and this Sunday in Atlanta will be no different. For the Dorsetts - proud father Tony and son Anthony - it will be a very special time.

Anthony Dorsett will start for the Tennessee Titans and put the Dorsetts in the National Football League record book - the third father and son duo to start in a Super Bowl. Anthony will start against the St. Louis Rams replacing Titans free safety Marcus Robertson who broke his leg during last week's AFC championship game. The Dorsetts look a lot like each other. Anthony is 5-foot-11, 200 pounds, while Tony was 5-11, 190 pounds as a member of the Dallas Cowboys back in 1978 when he played in his first Super Bowl.

"Growing up I never looked at my dad as the great football player that he was,'' Anthony said. "He was just my dad. "

But the world knew all about the greatness and accomplishments of Tony Dorsett. He set numerous NCAA rushing records, led the University of Pittsburgh to a national championship, won the Heisman Trophy in 1976, was the top NFL draft pick the following year, and he appeared in two Super Bowls for the Cowboys. He can definitely be considered one of the greatest rushers in NFL history.

The 26-year-old defensive back purposely goes by the name Anthony - without the junior - to be his own man. Moving to Dallas as a teenager to have more time with his father during the late 1980s, Anthony switched from running back to wide receiver and cornerback in high school. That was just one of the ways he tried to get out of his father's big, athletic shadow. "

The younger Dorsett attended the University of Pittsburgh where his dad had been the great football hero. But Anthony's time there was not that spectacular - just 80.  

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