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He Does The Devils' Work
Curry Kirkpatrick
February 15, 1988
Danny Ferry leads Duke's Blue Devils by virtue of his towering presence—and tricks he learned from his NBA-seasoned dad
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February 15, 1988

He Does The Devils' Work

Danny Ferry leads Duke's Blue Devils by virtue of his towering presence—and tricks he learned from his NBA-seasoned dad

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"Danny's nothing but a Footer," says Snyder, who shares a house with Ferry and two other Duke students. Footer? "You know, as in seven-footer. Slow, clumsy, eats a lot, clothes don't fit."

At first Ferry resented that nickname. Then he embraced it and organized the other Duke frontcourt players into a powerful group with secret votes and policies. He calls himself King Footer; center John Smith is Onion, for the shape of his head. The initiation rite for new Footers includes the prerequisite itching powder in the jock.

Says Snyder, "Everybody knows I signed to come to Duke first, and Ferry just came here so he could play on the same team with me."

Whatever. Nowadays the King Footer stomps the hallowed halls and hardwood of Duke and plays with, and beats, most anybody he wants to.

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