NFL ready to douse Dante's inferno

Page 2's Ralph Wiley goes inside the minds of several NFL stars as Week 6 approaches.

Updated: October 9, 2003, 1:53 PM ET
By Ralph Wiley | Page 2 columnist

Dante Hall's progenitor was Nolan "Super Gnat" Smith (there really are no new things), another diminutive, unstoppable kick returner for the Kansas City Chiefs, circa the late '60s.

Gnat came out of Tennessee State, and he once ran neat 9.5 100-yard dashes in the easy way you play solitaire on your laptop. His 40 time was irrelevant. He ran more than 40 yards every time he touched it. The first time he returned a kick in NFL/AFL competition, he went 75 yards with a punt against the Raiders ...

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