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William Thomas "Mother" Dunn (May 13, 1881 – November 17, 1962) was an American
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player who was a
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linebacker
and
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for the
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team of
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. Dunn captained the 1906 Nittany Lion, and that year became the first player outside of the
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to be selected as an
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by
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. He was also the first great linebacker in the history of Penn State's football program, a school that would eventually be nicknamed "Linebacker U" for its history of excellent play at the linebacker position. Dunn was featured on the official 2011 Nittany Lion football schedule poster as part of the celebration of 125 years of Penn State football.


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"The legacy of Linebacker U"
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'', September 2, 2000 1881 births 1962 deaths All-American college football players
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