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Doc Blanchard more than football hero

Doc Blanchard chose to play football at North Carolina partly because the Tar Heels were coached by his mother's cousin, Jim Tatum. Blanchard played on the freshman team at UNC in 1942, when NCAA rules still prevented freshmen from playing for the varsity. He was turned down by a Navy V-12 unit at the end of his freshman season because of his weight and poor vision. He enlisted in the Army and served until securing an appointment to West Point. (ESPN.com)

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