Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Despite famous "Uncle Dan", Root a tried and true Steelers fan

Yale freshman Jesse Root is related to one of the greatest quarterbacks who ever lived -- Dan Marino -- but the lifelong Pittsburgh resident's allegiance lies firmly with the Steelers. So it was kind of a tough Super Bowl Sunday for the promising forward.

"I'm taking it day-by-day after that loss," Root said Tuesday shortly before Yale's practice session at Ingalls Rink.

Marino, also a Pittsburgh native, is Root's cousin, though Root refers to him as "Uncle Dan". It's not hard to see the facial resemblance in Root, who looks like a young Marino. Root doesn't get to see him much due to hectic schedules -- Marino resides in Florida with his wife and six children and, among other things, is an NFL analyst for CBS Sports.

"I was at his sister's house for Christmas Eve dinner," Root said. "We thought he was coming, but he's so busy. I wish we could see him more. He's such a great guy."

Root said Marino is a hockey fan whose attended Penguins and Florida Panthers games. "I'm trying to get him to come up here and see a game. We'll see how that goes," Root said.


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