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Coach Scar leaves lasting mark

Dante Scarnecchia retires as one of the Patriots franchise's all-time greats

Updated: January 22, 2014, 11:35 PM ET
By Mike Reiss | ESPNBoston.com

When watching a New England Patriots football practice, it was easy to gravitate toward the offensive line coach authoritatively barking orders. Dante Scarnecchia, who ran sprints with players and whose early-morning arrivals at the stadium well before the sun came up were legendary, had a presence about him that was captivating.

Scarnecchia, who turns 66 next month and coached 30 seasons in New England, called it a career on Wednesday. He is at peace. Clearly.

"I think anytime you ...

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