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Posted: Tuesday, January 29, 2013 4:30 am | Updated: 1:09 pm, Thu Jul 11, 2013.

BELTON — As he walked through the hallowed, white-brick hallway leading out of the Notre Dame locker room, where legendary players like Paul Hornung and Joe Theismann, and coach Knute Rockne once roamed, Durham Smythe felt compelled to touch the famed “Play Like A Champion Today” sign.

A gameday tradition among players and coaches since 1986, the 6-foot-6, 230-pound Belton tight end at first just gently grazed it with his fingertips before flipping his hand around and giving the sign a solid backhanding.

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