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Mat McBriar on Steve Irwin’s Death

DMN columnist Matt Mosley reports that Dallas Cowboys punter Mat McBriar was “genuinely moved by the death of Steve ‘Crocodile Hunter’ Irwin.”

McBriar and Irwin were born in Victoria, near Melbourne. Every night before McBriar goes to bed (starting to feel weird about this sentence), he checks out a couple of Australian newspapers on the Internet. He said he was in shock when he read the news.

This led to a discussion of famous Australians. In McBriar’s mind, Irwin’s ahead of Greg Norman, Russell Crowe and Nicole Kidman.

Not since Paul “Crocodile Dundee” Hogan has there been an Aussie who so personified the island-continent’s self-image as Irwin. And, of course, Dundee was just a character. Irwin was real, and so was the danger he faced.


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