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Burnett to Fizz: Groobers’ Teams Quit

“I was almost unable to watch because I believed this team quit. They had that attitude, it was a West Coast, attitude. That’s no longer.”

If you could chisel a Syracuse football player out of bedrock, you’d try to carve Rob Burnett.

Long Island guy. Played in the glory years of SU football. NFL vet. Super Bowl champion. Tough as nails on the field, articulate and warm off it.

Burnett spent over a decade in the league, with the Browns, Ravens and Dolphins. Earned a ring as part of one of the most dominating defenses of all-time in the 2000 Ravens. Is now a member of the Baltimore broadcast team.

With Patriots-Ravens scheduled for Sunday, he dropped by my show for a breakdown. I always try to find some time to talk Orange football with him, because he’s passionate and remains involved with the athletic department.

His love for SU football is still there. And as it was for all of us, the Groobers Error was a nightmare for him.

How would he grade out Marrone’s first year?

“Outstanding. This is what we wanted, this is what we needed, this is what we lost as far as the program’s concerned. Bottom line: these guys fought. This is gonna be a tough, hard-nosed team. Doug’s gonna be prepared every week. This team’s gonna fight to the end. That’s all really you can ask. Recruiting going’s well.”

Predictions on when we can see SU on the national radar again?

“We expect to see the Orange creep their way into the Top-20 in the next 2-3 years, I guarantee you.”

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