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Dorsett out to blaze own trail

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Posted: Tuesday January 25, 2000 08:50 PM


His eyes, his smile, his confident demeanor are all unmistakable. In almost every way, Anthony Dorsett is his father's son.

Dorsett, the Tennessee Titans' fourth-year free safety, drew as much attention during Tuesday's Super Bowl media gathering as teammates Eddie George, Steve McNair and Bruce Matthews.

And it wasn't only because Dorsett will start Sunday in place of Marcus Robertson, who fractured his fibula last week against the Jaguars. It was about the lineage, too.

"One thing my dad always said to me is little things make big things happen," said Dorsett, wearing his father's No. 33. "And that goes in every aspect of life. From relationships to football to anything else you do, it can be the little things that turn around a whole season."

Though his pride is evident, the younger Dorsett is hoping to use Sunday's stage to form his own identity.

"I've always tried to make my own trail, I've never tried to be someone who just followed behind my father," Dorsett said. "There's enough pressures just for me wearing this number and having this name on my back."

On the Rams' explosive offense, Dorsett warned: "You better come with your A-game. That's crucial."

Seen and heard

Quarterback Steve McNair said his injured left toe "feels much better than at this time last week." McNair wore his cumbersome protective boot and again vowed to be ready by Sunday.

Coach Jeff Fisher said he plans to limit McNair at Wednesday's practice, then have him run all the plays by Thursday.

Falcons cornerback Ray Buchanan, who arrived at last year's Super Bowl sporting a sterling silver dog collar, is a correspondent this week for the Black Entertainment Network (BET).

Said Buchanan: "I'm going to give that collar to one of the Tennessee guys by the end of the week."

Tight end Frank Wycheck, whose toss to Kevin Dyson sparked the Music City Miracle earlier this month, insisted for the millionth time that that "Touchdown Throwback" was legal.

"I knew when I threw it that it was OK," Wycheck said.

The controversy resurfaced on Monday when a University of Rochester professor (and admitted Bills fan) claimed through "simple geometry" and video replays that Wycheck's pass was illegal.

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