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A great tribute to a father

This is a great read on the tragic death of Bill Phillips, father to three FBS football players, including Stanford guard Andrew Phillips.

Sports Illustrated's Austin Murphy does a fine job of providing details of the plane crash that took Bill Phillips and the brave behavior of his fourth son, 13-year-old Willy, who survived but was severely injured.

It also shows you why Stanford's players will run through brick walls for coach Jim Harbaugh, who is no passive observer to this family tragedy.

A must read, particularly at this time of the year.