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Oct. 15, 2012 Issue

Blue & Gold Illustrated: America's Foremost Authority on Notre Dame Football

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in front of a crowd at a 16th birthday party to deliver a toast near the book's climax. He has been stabbed by his friend, escaped from being wrongfully imprisoned by hiding in a body bag, saved a stranger's life and discovered lost treasure. And here is what he says: "Life is a storm, my young friend. E dmond Dantés, the title character in Alexandre Dumas' 1844 novel The Count of Monte Cristo, stands A Man In A Storm You will bask in the sunlight one mo- ment, be shattered on the rocks the next. What makes you a man is what you do when that storm comes." Those are the words Irish linebacker MURPHY'S LAW DAN MURPHY story began Sept. 12, when he learned that his grandmother and his girl- friend had both passed away in the span of a few hours. Football became at least a temporary release and pro- vided a few rays of sunshine while the rest of his world smashed into the rocks. Te'o created three turnovers and made 20 tackles in the two games that followed, hoisting Notre Dame to a 4-0 Manti Te'o chose for his Twitter page more than a year ago when asked to describe himself in 160 characters or less. They seem especially prescient now. The past month has delivered the biggest storm of the 21-year-old's life. It's not much of a surprise that Te'o stood against his dark skies and shouted, as Dantés suggests, "Do your worst, for I will do mine." The Irish captain's well publicized After losing both his grandmother and girlfriend within a span of a few hours, senior linebacker Manti Te'o created three turnovers and made 20 record for the first time in a decade. He launched himself into a pack tackles in the two games that followed. PHOTO BY BILL PANZICA of fans draped in Hawaiian leis after the teams' 13-6 win over Michigan at

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