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A linebacker in defensive back's clothing

Updated: November 14, 1999, 9:50 PM ET
Associated Press

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- New Mexico senior Brian Urlacher is an intimidating and intriguing throwback to a fossilized era of football. A cross between Chuck Bednarik and Deion Sanders.

Like Bednarik, the Philadelphia Eagles' Hall of Fame center and linebacker in the '50s, and Sanders, the Dallas Cowboys' defensive back and wide receiver, Urlacher is proving there is still a pulse in two-platoon football.

Most of the time, the 6-foot-4, 245-pound Urlacher is a roving, roughneck ...

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