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Steve Taneyhill
Sally Jenkins
August 30, 1993
It is not politically correct to discuss the length of a man's hair, but Steve Taneyhill's cannot pass without comment. It is a plate-glass window waiting for a brick. About 14 inches long and dirty blond, it hangs from the back of his football helmet like a mud flap. On a rock guitarist or a tennis player it would be unremarkable. At an old Southern school, the University of South Carolina, it has elevated Taneyhill from starting quarterback to cultural icon.
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August 30, 1993

Steve Taneyhill

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Taneyhill's success came partly from the power of surprise. Improvising in busted plays, he threw ropes over the middle for long gains. He whipped his teammates into a frenzy and wrecked Woods's composure. But gradually Woods took the chains off Taneyhill. "He's a gunslinger," Woods says. "But you trust him. He makes the play."

This season the man of surprises has yet another one for his teammates. He got a new earring. Now he has two. "They haven't seen it yet," Taneyhill sighs. "It'll probably be a big story."

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